Genesis chapter 48 describes a sacred family gathering. Three generations gather in Jacob’s waning moments ― Grandpa Jacob, Joseph, and Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. More family comes later. Jacob reaches for all the strength that remains in his body to sit up in bed and bless his family.


As simple as it sounds, leave a legacy of family gatherings. Family reunions, vacations, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, and other special times families spend together are important ways to build family traditions and deepen relationships. 


Of course, leaving a legacy of family gatherings requires intentional effort. Families must make it a priority or else the busyness of life will crowd out the experiences that matter the most.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG