I ADMIT IT. I’ve got some humans in my extended family who could not possibly live far enough away from me.
Tell me I’m not alone in this.
I just spent a week visiting none of them.
Instead, I visited family whose company I could not possibly enjoy more. They are wonderful, selfless, caring souls. I feel welcome and loved among them.
It’s a long 12-hour drive to get to where they live. But they are worth the drive.
I usually listen to music, coming and going.
The Bible has a bunch of songs for the road. Jews used to sing them when they traveled to and from Jerusalem. We can find the lyrics in Psalms 120-134.
Here’s one that describes the way I feel about the family I just visited.
It is truly wonderful
when relatives live together
It is as beautiful as olive oil
poured on Aaron’s head
and running down his beard
and the collar of his robe.
It is like the dew
from Mount Hermon,
falling on Zion’s mountains,
where the Lord has promised
to bless his people
with life forevermore.
I doubt that most of us can sing that song about everyone in our family. But if we’re fortunate enough to have anyone who fits those lyrics, thank God.
For more about Jewish songs and families
- Complete Guide to the Bible, “A song for the road,” pages 160-161
- Family reunion ahead; is that good?
- A family worth singing about
- Poisonous people – what’s a Christian to do?
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Bible Gateway Blogger
I’m glad you enjoyed your visit with your family in Ohio. They are wonderful people if I do say so myself!
Stephen M. Miller
Hey, thanks Gary. It was great to see you again, and to break bread over Barberton chicken.