I was thinking this morning (I do that sometimes), and realized that while going through having a child with an addiction problem, that we cannot forget our other kids (and grandkids, as the case may be). This past couple of weeks, we have spent some time camping with our one son and his family, and then we participated in an Adult and Teen Challenge fundraiser ATV ride this past weekend with the same son, and our oldest and his wife just had a baby, so we were there on Sunday helping them with some things around the house, and admiring the new addition to the family.
Having an addicted son or daughter (regardless of their age) may consume a lot of your time and energy, whether it is from “rescuing” them, or just from worrying about them. But in all this, we have to remember that we have other family members who need our love and support as well.
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.1 Timothy 5:8 | NIV | It is important that we meet the needs of our family, as Timothy admonishes us to do.
In Isaiah we hear about the memory a mother has for her children – she will not forget any of them. | Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.Isaiah 49:15-16 | NIV |
In short, I encourage you to make time for your whole family. We are planning a short family vacation to see my parents this Thanksgiving (less than two weeks away for us Canadians). So far our whole family is coming, so we anticipate having a wonderful time together.
May God bless you as you endeavor to make memories with your family! Make them memories that count, take the opportunities to teach your family (all the way through to your grandkids and great grandkids) the Truth of the Scriptures.
Quintin and Beth Giesbrecht