An Amazing Blessing

Gun safety is part of loving one another. Even something as fundamental as the right to bear arms would evaporate without respect for life and safety. This Thanksgiving one of the biggest things I am grateful for is family harmony. It is so important for members of a family to love one another. It is not only important for the well being of the family members, but for the ability of society to function as a whole. Family life shows everywhere else.

  • I’m grateful that my brothers and sister receive rebuke and instruction from each other, and also know how to wisely give it. Even more importantly they know how to receive it from their parents.
  • Keeping in touchI’m grateful that when members of the family are away, we still enjoy keeping in touch with each other on a frequent basis.
  • I’m grateful that we express emotion to each other and really care about each others’ feelings.

I didn’t fully realize what a blessing it was until this summer when Mom and Dad were away and it was just five brothers (three were teenagers) here at the house with more responsibilities than usual. When I looked back and realized that we had lived and had fun together with no jesting or poking fun at each other, never a single fight or even an argument or any hard feelings the whole time, I was amazed.

Math problems - to be told I am wrong is not "hate speech" Later on I overheard a conversation that showed me how much my brother could not stand the thought of family members saying hateful things to each other. That just stuck with me.

A third thing that I noticed was that after my younger brother’s victory at the National Bible Bee competition in DC, I never heard anyone tease him about it or envy his success – he’s just the same brother he has always been, as if nothing had changed.

with the right perspective competition is fun This fills me with such thanksgiving because I know some of what it has taken to achieve this harmony. It is not a natural thing and cannot just happen by accident. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.


  1. Robert November 17, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    Very true, Michael! Thank you for sharing this encouraging word.

    “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).

  2. Mom November 18, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    I love being in a family of energy givers! It doesn’t come natural and we all have to constantly work at it, but it is worth the effort to be on the same side!

  3. Hannah Burnett November 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

    Staddon sibling relationships have been a great encouragement to me over the past couple of years! Keep it up and thanks for setting a great example for other families!

  4. Donald Staddon November 28, 2009 at 6:26 am #

    I want to thank you too Michael. I’ve had the same sentiments and appreciate the Lord giving you the right words to express it. Further up and further in!

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