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Topic: Sibling(s) (05/01/08)
TITLE: Who will it be?
By Joseph P Triola Jr
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Will it be you my brother? The little boy whose eyes lit up like sparklers when he smiled. The energy you exuded was like that of the sun. How I wish I had paid more attention to you growing up. You being 4 years younger, it made it tough for me to let you “ tag along.” If I could do it all over again, you would be right there by my side brother. The joy that is locked away in my mind of us sharing a bedroom is much. What fun at times! We had our fights but never really that serious. …. Are your memories of me good? Have I hurt you or offended you without reconciliation? Don’t let it break the chord, please forgive me. I am sorry.
My eldest sister. Will it be you? Is there anything deep within you that you have not let go? You were definitely the oldest child, and surely the pack leader. I always considered you strong and self-assured. We have many memories that we share, don’t we sister. Memories of laughter, fighting, and crying. I think we shared a secret bond together. Although I think we never fully realized it then, we would recognize now that you being the first-born and myself the second, gave us an advantage of understanding each other in a special way. I enjoyed you being my big sister. I felt the love from you often. …..Have I hurt you in the past? Do you feel angry with me? Please do not let it come between us.
To my younger sister. So gentle, so caring. I felt very protective of you. We used to laugh a lot while we were growing up. You were such a curious girl. No one would take advantage of you though. There was a tough side to you. There was a very special tie between us as well. I think in a way, we were always there for each other. Will we still have that always? Is there anything that I have done that might split us apart? Don’t let it happen.
Will it be me? Could it be me? I guess the answer to that question brother and sisters is really up to each of us. Have we determined in our mind, in our hearts, that nothing will ever break that chord? Can we say “ I have galvanized my bond with my siblings in love and faith?” Every day we must ask ourselves that question, because we see it happening all around us, even to the strongest of families. When our guard is down and we let Satan get a foothold, he will come rushing in like a flood, ripping and tearing at the very fiber of our chord that binds. Will we let this happen siblings? I pray not. Watch and pray, for your enemy the devil roams about seeking whom he may destroy!
I love you oh my sisters and brother with a deep love. One that I pray each day will never be destroyed but strengthened through Christ our Savior. Search your heart and let Christ remove the acid of sin that will slowly eat away your love. We are bound together by love, memories (good and sad) and Christ. As we mentally lock hands with each other, let us never forget or doubt the connections we are so privileged to share as Siblings.
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