Friday, August 30, 2013

Faith-filled Friday: Gathering of the clans

Good morning, Crushers,

Sorry that I've been away for a while, but this week was crazy! Between teaching, regular work and "extracurricular activities", we're swamped. I'm really looking forward to a quiet weekend!

A quiet weekend? Wait. That never happens. Fortunately, this is at least an easier weekend with maybe filming a high school football game, our niece's 4th birthday party, and a trip to the Wisconsin Highland Games.

My maiden name is a very ethnic sounding name that people think is usually Irish, but really it's Scottish. We do have some Irish mixed in there somewhere, but that's not where the name came from. Anyway, my Dad's side of the family REALLY likes being Scottish. As in, my Dad owns a kilt and tried learning the bagpipes once. We almost had a piper play at our wedding. It's the one thing that I'd go back and change.

The Highland Games is a small "gathering of the clans" where people of Scottish and Irish descent get together to play games, dance, enjoy music and food and each others' company. For all the famed ferocity of the Scottish land and the Irish tempers, generally they're a good bunch (although a bit frugal). Whenever I think of "the clans" it always makes me think of the 12 Tribes of Israel in the Old Testament. Each group had their strengths and weaknesses. They probably didn't all get along all the time, but the tribes were rarely mentioned as anything other than the whole group.

"All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him.' Genesis 49:28
 I'm sure many families of other ethnic groups have huge gatherings. Hopefully, the all have the joy of food and family as well as prayer and devotion together.

Can't wait for some good family time this weekend!

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