It’s not a phrase you hear very often anymore. It’s go, go (regardless of the destination), it’s so easy to miss each other and to miss God. A friend often reminds me that Jesus never ran and never rushed, yet He did everything the Father asked Him to do.
In our most hurried moments, Rodney will sometimes stop me and just hold me for a few minutes. In those moments, time seems to slow down and we experience connection. We experience relationship. We experience marriage.
And when our daughters were small, we would often stop them, look them in the eyes, and say something like, “You are so special to me. God made you and has a wonderful plan for your life. I’m glad to be your parent.” In those powerful moments, we experienced connection with our girls. We experienced parenting.
After 40 years of marriage and more than 30 years of parenting and now grand-parenting, our advice is simply this: Don’t miss the moments. It isn’t the days, weeks, and years that are so powerful in family relationships; it’s the moments. Those brief times of connecting with one another and with God really matter.
This post originally appeared in HomeLife magazine.