Greetings friends. Some of you are single. Some of you have six children. Some of you are newly married or recently divorced. Whatever your status with respect to your family, know that we are glad you’re part of the Bethany Birches family. The BBC family is one that you can choose to be a part of and we’re glad you have chosen to join this family and we look forward to the next time we’re together. Until then, have some grace with your biological and other chosen families. I believe many of our societies problems could be solved through united and loving families.
Reflecting on this recent election I realized that there are a whole bunch of folks in my American family whom I don’t understand. And I would like to understand them. Not to prove them wrong or to change their minds, but to connect and deepen my own understanding. This is a key to learning to love my neighbor. Or my brother/mom/uncle/aunt.
So why not use this Thanksgiving day as an opportunity to both enjoy your family and friends and to get to know someone a little deeper. Ask a question about his life. If she supports a political or religious perspective that you don’t understand (or even hate) why not ask her about it? How will his chosen candidate solve a problem that exists? Don’t react against what you see as off-base but rather listen deeply and thank your brother/sister/grandparent for sharing vulnerably. Consider sharing vulnerably yourself. I believe that everyone’s perspective and actions make sense given their unique inputs.
Here’s to courage and patience enough to love our families: Cheers.
Brandon “Tuna” Bergey