February 10, 2012

Roots, Values and Family

At some family reunions, each person who attends wears a name tag which features a set of numbers. For example, a tag might read 3 - 2 - 5 - 7. The translation for that number would be: the third child of the second child of the fifth child of the seventh child of the original couple that immigrated to America. Talk about being aware of your roots!

I believe that knowing we are part of an extended family gives us stability and a sense of who we are. I also believe that family is the first place where children learn about right and wrong.

Dr. Frank Harrington, former Pastor of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, the largest Presbyterian Church in the country during his ministry, said:

“Family is the place where children learn honesty, truth, responsibility, right and wrong, about God and our relationship to God, how we relate in love to the other members of the family, to our siblings and to our parents and grandparents.”
Thanks to our parents, my wife and I grew up in homes like Dr.Harrington describes. And thanks to Pastor Judy White and the members of the Bluff Point Methodist Church, Nancy and I are part of an extended family where each week, we are reminded of the values first taught to us by our parents.

Nancy and I are grateful to our parents where those values were learned and and to Pastor Judy and the members of the congregation at Bluff Point where those values are reaffirmed.