“Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.” — Timothy 5: 1- 2
Let’s hear it for the boys. These nephews of ours — they walk between generations and genders.
Once they were young and running between us at family gatherings.
Then, as if overnight, they grew up.
Some now have sons and nephews of their own.
They are also sons-in-law who, as nephews-by-marriage, are part of the family’s core. They are the linebackers, the defencemen, the forwards, and the infielders of the team.
They are also becoming shepherds in their own right.
Serving and observing the Master Shepherd,
who was once a lamb like them, held in the arms of His mother, grandmother, and aunties. Who was also watched over by His earthly father, Joseph, and uncles.
The one who stood firm in the middle, guarding the family of God from the enemy and guiding us all towards home.
Dear Jesus, Lamb of God and Master Shepherd, keep watch over your earthly sheep and shepherds. Continue to give them the strength to be examples of righteous men to their sons, nephews, and our grandsons, as well as men of integrity to their daughters, our daughters, nieces, and granddaughters. Let them always arrive with open arms to greet each member of the family and deep hearts to let no member go unnoticed. In your holy name, Amen.
Embracing our nephews with my heart and loving them tightly.
Blessings, dear readers.