Somehow we got pictures made at our first stop with the Conville Clan, but never got pictures with the James Gang later that day.
As I sat sandwiched between my two brothers and visited, it was a beautiful moment of reflection of how important all these people are and have been over the years. We have spent a lifetime creating this family sandwich. Say what you want, but for our families to love us when they know us better than anyone else, is a gift of grace beyond measure. They have seen us at our very worst---physically, emotionally, and spiritually---and still love us. They love us in spite of it all.
To have my brothers tell me they miss me and ask when am I coming home, left me longing for the daily presence of dear extended family in my life. The love of our family--with nothing expected in return--is a bond beyond description.
This is a perfect reflection of God's love for us---His desire to be in a living relationship with us. His great love sandwiched around us---in spite of how undeserving we are. God knows it all--has seen it all--heard even our deepest thoughts---and yet He loves us! A beautiful picture of grace!
To know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.