Family Day

Linda's Lines

Linda Wegner

In many parts of Canada, Family Day (Jour de la famillein Quebec) is celebrated on the third Monday of February. Not only does it provide a day off in the middle of winter, its real purpose is to remind us of, and to celebrate with, those who constitute “family” for us.

As usual, I looked for dictionary meanings and here’s what I came up: first, “a group of one or more parents and their children living together as a unit.” It doesn’t take any thinking to realize that definition isn’t nearly broad enough in today’s society but it’s a beginning.

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The second definition that popped up on my computer screen read like this: “all the descendants of a common ancestor.” Well that certainly describes the wonderful family I married into but it also indicates that members of our “brood” extend into countless countries, centuries and contexts.

A third definition given lists “a group of related things” thus making folks with no blood or ancestral relationship, members of a family. Hmm, that does describe how I feel about our immediate neighbourhood. Though we rarely see each other except in passing, I wouldn’t hesitate to call on anyone who lives on our street and in the same block as us if I was in real need.

My church family has always been a vital part of my life. While there’s no such thing as a perfect church, total unity of doctrine or complete personal compatibility, our “family” worships together as a unit. We’re all believers through a common Saviour and I feel related to them as brothers and sisters. Sadly, not everyone finds themselves in that situation but I pray each of you, my readers, will find such a God honouring home.

“Praise God for the privilege of being in Christ’s family ….” 1 Peter 4:16

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