Family relationships are a vital part of our life. The fifth and sixth chapters of Ephesians focuses on the family. Chapter five begins with Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love . . .
In our human, imperfect nature we have problems in family relationships. We make assumptions. We are self-centered.
Lisa Wingate has written a novel about family relationships, Tending Roses. The book is a tender story about faith and family.
The main character, Kate, makes a trip to Missouri, hoping to persuade her grandmother to go into assisted living. But Kate’s visit with her grandmother is prolonged. In the slowed down pace of life at the Missouri farmhouse, Kate begins to see past her grandmother’s quirks and crankiness.
As I read the story I appreciated the value of the different generations, their different perspectives. If we take time to pause from the business of life and really listen to each other we can learn. We can walk in love.
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