Last night our daughter called, about 9:30 and in tears, to say that our son-in-law had taken their family dog of 13 years to the emergency vet because of a ruptured liver and that the dog was going to have to be euthanized. Jami notified the rest of the family so that they could come to tell Patch good-bye before he was gone. The interesting thing that our daughter said through her tears was that Patch had been such a good dog and had been loved by all the friends of their family over the years. I saw that this morning, too, as each of the three kids and Beth and Jami posted about Patch on the Instagram community. Friend after friend shared their memories of Patch as they grieved together.
Why is this so important? We live in an increasingly broken and isolated world. Families are fractured for a multitude of reasons. Our connecting points have vanished. Community centers and clubs and front porches are rare. Young people, especially our kids and kids coming along, frequently do not have the privilege of seeing how life can be well-lived outside of their own homes. And our homes are often our castles. Doors closed. A place of retreat.
We can be different. We can open our homes to kids. Friends of our kids. Dear families we love. Neighborhood kids. College students. Our home can become the connecting points for future generations. How do we do that?
- Make your home a welcoming place.
- Invite kids to stay for dinner.
- Have games available.
- Talk. Process. Live life.
- Yes, share your pets.
- Be a family together.
- Be a family to others.
- Take friends on vacation with your family.
You see, by doing these kinds of things, you may just save a child. You may make a difference in a life. In a simple way, you are impacting culture. You are demonstrating the fruit of a life lived in Christ.