I know God wants us to love everyone. I don’t know about you, but many times I have found it easier to love someone I share blood with. Yesterday that proved once again to be true for me. I met a cousin I have known all of his life. Or I guess I should say I have known about him. I believe I have met him only once. That was many years ago when he was just a child. We have had no contact up until a couple of years ago when out of the blue, he called me. Ever since that call, we have kept in touch. Through those random touches, we have learned about each other. I had come to know a few main things….I love him, we both love of writing and we both have lived with adversity. He and his sweet wife living as missionaries in China and adopting children. Me living with the ever increasing challenges of Parkinson’s disease.
Yesterday, my wife and I had the privilege of having lunch with him and his wife. It was like meeting someone you have known your whole life for the first time. My wife and I felt our kinship with him and his wife immediately. The short time we were able to spend together was wonderful.
As we drove away from the restaurant, they back to their home in Georgia and us to our home just down the street, I found myself thanking God for them and allowing us to get together.
Proverbs 17:17 says,
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
It’s the same for cousins.
Even though my cousin and I have only seen each other twice in our lives, bone for bone we are the same. Bones get tired and they have trouble carrying all the weight.
I have felt him helping me carry my weight of Parkinson’s and it’s my hope he has felt me carry some of his weight.
Bone for bone and blood for blood we are the same.