ARLIN REPORT THOUGHT OF THE DAY: FAMILY TO CALM ME


I hold one of my grandchildren in my arms, just to be near them, calm them if needed (which is seldom), but they calm me (the real reason is love and to calm grandpa).

With all the hate and destruction of humanity itself, in a mad world, which many of us write about if only our opinion; it is nice to take a day to relax and enjoy nothing else but family.   Christmas day, the perfect day to do just that.

I have 6 grandchildren, one born just a couple of weeks ago; 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter (she with the happiest disposition of all; always smiling).  The oldest, twelve and ten (boys), a three-year old boy, two seven month old’s born a week apart; the smiling girl and her cousin; then the newest arrival…who wakes for a moment and then decides to go back to sleep.   All were here together, it’s all I wanted, to enjoy each of them separately, and all together; my two sons and daughter with my grandchildren.  What brought us together in this otherwise chaotic world was the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  The greatest gift given to us that keeps on giving forever.   Our family together was a gift from Him.

I am fortunate, I have 3 adult children that turned out wonderfully.   They work……they provide for their families…..they are good people.   Oh and…..they discipline their children when needed.   A swat on the butt to the three-year old…..nothing abusive and he got the point, he stopped yelling.   The two oldest (yeah the boys) got a lecture from dad for arguing….. normal stuff!   All are healthy, all are happy…….all love and are loved.

We are a blessed family……I don’t know that I have been so deserving, but I am thankful.  Quite often I reflect on our good fortune……no we aren’t particularly wealthy, but we are comfortable.  None of us in great need like so many others.   We’ve never experienced a great tragedy.  None of us ever experienced abuse of ANY kind, no fatal accidents, no missing or kidnapped child….. My father died at the age of 67 from a damaged heart caused by a previous major heart attack, that may be our greatest loss to date.  But that was from a somewhat natural cause.

Yes, we are blessed and I am thankful.  I have only God to thank, and wonder, with all my faults and sins; why have You been so good to me?   Then I know the answer, and I answer the way I would answer a question from my children:   Why do ask questions you already know the answer to?

Have a great day!

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