If doctors are friends for those battling illness; Jpeg

Teachers, the mentors who show others the way of learning;

Pastors, soul-care agents ordained by God;

Then family members are guardian angels whom you would be thankful to have.

Or, is it so?

I’m thankful for being blessed with my family, which grows closer with love and time. But I live in a broken world in which many do not have great families to embrace.

My prayers go to a friend of mine whose “annoying siblings” treated her as an “outcast.”

My heart aches for a family of which the members cannot see eye to eye with each other.

Some relationships do not seem to be reconcilable on this side of heaven. While one party may have the tenderness to seek for improvements and breakthroughs, the other might avoid in resentment, stubbornness or arrogance. When one’s ego is at stake, or when money matters are involved, the entangled issues might become impossible to resolve. Questions of fairness, appalling reality of wickedness, painful realization of one’s kindness being violated, and so on and so forth… When one does not see one’s family members as the dearest buddies, relationships become conditional upon conditions. Family members become strangers or enemies.

Our all knowing God sees our broken hearts over family issues. He listens to our cries. He fully understands.

Tonight I surrender the emotional burdens of my friends to Him. He allows trials within the families in our earthly lives. He will carry us through.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” — Hebrews 4:15-16


About Florence Kuek

Was lecturer and researcher at a state university. Currently serving as Head of Student Services at a college. Has a pastoral heart for people. PhD candidate, Chinese Studies at University of Malaya.
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2 Responses to Family

  1. Barbara says:

    Appreciate this timely post … just finished a book called The Sibling Effect. An excellent read that is sure to have the reader examine their own family’s relationships. I envy those who have a close knit loving family . . . .

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