Good Morning Prayer Angels!
I hope you have already said you first prayer for families!
In trying to understand the breakdown of the family, I was contemplating the differences of today's American family versus that of my youth. Ah, the change is so slow and insidious! When I was young, we played games together, went to sporting events, and watched TV as a family. And no telephone conversation was completely private, as you were limited by the length of the telephone cord. Houses were smaller and there wasn't much personal space, thus a forced togetherness! Today, with the advance in electronics, each family member can record their favorite show and watch it on their own (usually in their own corner of the house). With Gameboys, iPhones, WIIs, PCs and Macs, each family member can choose the isolation of their choice. Have you ever noticed that when you mean to just take a minute to check email, hours can pass? It is like internet A.D.D.! One link leads to the next, leads to the next. How often is any of this stealing valuable family time?
When accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa spoke of poverties other than just material poverty. She spoke of the poverty that affected even the rich in affluent countries-- that of being unloved, unwanted, uncared for by their own. She spoke of homes with old parents always focusing their eyes on the door....hoping a child would come to visit....feeling forgotten. She was also surprised in the West to see so many young boys and girls given in to drugs, because there was no one at home to receive them. How often were their eyes focused on the door...awaiting a parent to return....while feeling unloved.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them." John: 17:26
Action: Cut back or eliminate something that is a time stealer. Spend your "new-found time" with a family member or someone who feels isolated and forgotton. And pray for families!
Peace, Joy, and Love,