My sister and I are only 2 years apart in age, and were very close growing up. We had 2 other sisters, younger than us. We lost our baby sister when she was only 3 years old. Our “next to the baby” sister passed away two years ago of cancer. Now there’s just the 2 of us. I sure do cherish her, too!
We have been through so much together. We were always a close family, so losing any of our members was very hard for us. Our sweet Mama passed away in 2000. Then “next to baby sister” in 2007 and Daddy just last year. We were both struck with the sad fact that one day, one of us would lose the other. Yes, we both have our own families, it’s true. But there is something about a close sister relationship that cannot be replaced even by a spouse.
Over the years, my sister and I have shared so much of life together. As we got older, we became even closer. I suppose all the years of sharing our hopes and dreams, laughter and tears, joys and sadness, has strengthened our ties. I have always found it difficult to understand families who are not close, who live with anger or a rift that has broken relationships. It is hard to fathom letting issues go on without trying to mend the situation. But I have come to understand more and more the verse that explains it all: “Satan comes only to kill, steal and destroy.” He hates families, and he does all he can to make families dysfunctional, so that they cannot fulfill their purpose.
We are to be lights and salt, but we cannot do that fully if we come from brokenness. Yes, our heavenly Father can heal us, but most people from broken homes have so much “baggage” in their lives that they usually spend much of it just trying to be whole. Yes, even Christians, because most do not take hold of the promise that “he who the Son sets free is free indeed.” I bless Yahweh for my loving family, and now especially for my precious sister. I pray for my sister’s good health and that we will both live long lives and not have to go through the awfulness of one of us losing the other. I pray that Yahshua will come before that happens. Blessings …