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Family Matters: Brothers…Make a Difference

BrothersIt’s funny to me that I have four daughters but grew up with seven boys…3 brothers and the others were family. I was a “tomboy” by every means and enjoyed hanging out with the boys and their friends. It was a given that no one messed with me or they would be answering to more than one. It was a great feeling knowing my brothers loved me and wanted to protect me. I always knew I was special to them, as they were to me.

We all married and have children of our own now. My brothers live close and I see them regularly. While my “other brothers” live away, they are not forgotten. I am always telling my girls stories of how much fun my brothers and I had growing up on our dairy farm. Having brothers was (and still is) a blessing and I treasure every moment with them.

We recently found out my youngest brother has cancer and will soon begin chemotherapy and radiation. It was a shock to our family, but we are all committed to facing it together. I now find myself in the role that my brothers played in wanting to protect and comfort him at all costs. I daily ask the Lord to give him strength to face each day and peace in knowing that he is loved by so many who will be there with him through this trial. My heart is broken and tears are shed, but my faith keeps me focused and gives me hope in the tough days ahead.

There is a lot that my brother will need in coming months. We will see that his needs are met, but most of all, he needs our prayers. In my family, we know there is “one greater” and we look to Him daily for direction, comfort, peace and understanding in all things. Our families have faced many trials over the years. The one thing we know for sure is that prayer works miracles, and that is what we are now praying for. God is good and His love endures forever.

Remember that even though we are not kids anymore, we need to always love and support our siblings. Don’t miss out on opportunities to tell those you love how you feel. Reach out to your “brothers” and let them know how special they are. Most importantly, PRAY daily. It makes ALL the difference. Count your blessings and give thanks for time with family!

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