In June of 2002, I posted the words to a quote that is quite familiar in the Wiersma household; it appears more than once in mom and dad’s home. It reads: “Our family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and every union, the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.”
God has given us strength to face devastating, unexpected events. We deeply mourn the December 6th loss of our precious little Abby, and today we reflect on the five year absence of Kristin. Part of our strength comes from the knowledge that Kristin and Abby are exploring the wonders of Heaven together, and some day, in God’s perfect timing, we will join them.
When I hear family described as a “circle of strength and love”, the picture that comes to my mind is each of us standing together in mom and dad’s kitchen, joined hand to hand, giving thanks for our food and His many blessings. Whether rejoicing over the births of Sienna and Caleb, or comforting one another in times of loss, we are family, and that bond gets sweeter and stronger each year.
Happy New Year to all.