I suppose readers of this blog (well over 280,000 hits now) might think it extravagant of me to feature my family in a blog about Christian perspectives on suffering. (See previous posting.) You're right, it is extravagant. Forgive me.
My family brings me such joy. My legs are crippled but my heart soars. It thrills me to see my children and grandchildren reaching toward their potential. My wife of 40 years and our family are my earthly heritage: My heavenly heritage waits for me.
After more than thirty years of chronic illness, I am now convinced that love (human and divine) is all that matters. Health and wealth, position and status will all disappear, only love and the soul will cross the grave's threshold.
As a husband, father and grandfather, my role is to nurture and encourage my family to be their best under the Lordship and leadership of Jesus Christ. It is in these roles that I feel most at home. Next as a citizen, I must help nurture and encourage a community of concern and nurture in which every human being is helped to reach their full potential and blossom in the love of God.
We must reject the fashionable thinking of independent personal autonomy. It is diametrically opposed to the ideal of interdependent community -- which has its roots in the family. It is in the family where we are first introduced, as small children, to interdependence. When it works well, a family serves as a microcosm, a model of functioning, nurturing, interdependent community in miniature. And the glue of a family should be love. The glue of community is interdependence and loving kindness.
I have been given so much love in this life (both human and divine). Under such love human beings can soar -- even with legs that are crippled like mine.
[Click on image or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nQy-aP_Koo, for Brandon Heath's "Love Never Fails".