What’s the good word for your family? WelComFortitude. It’s a unique combination of three words: welcome, comfort and fortitude. It’s a word we use to describe the personality of our family and its essence is captured by the “family hug.”
We welcomed our youngest son to our family 25 years ago today. What a delightful day that was and what a joy he continues to be! An exuberant child, we once described him as “a party waiting to happen.” When his brothers came to the hospital to meet him, we weren’t able to capture that family moment with our temperamental camera (this was back when you had to carry an actual camera and hope that it worked, which in our case, didn’t). But years later, when our oldest son became a “daddy” and we welcomed our grandson, we took a picture that has become one of our favorite family moments: a celebration of welcome, comfort, and fortitude (our brave daughter-in-law was in labor 40 hours)!
Family togetherness is definitely about welcome. There’s always a hug waiting at home! That’s where we go to find open-armed warmth and acceptance. Each family member is cherished simply because of who they are.
But that’s not all… there’s also sense of comfort: a place where we can wear sweatpants and walk around with “bed-head.” Family togetherness is a place of a cozy peacefulness, warm restfulness, and secure hopefulness. We offer one another optimism as we anticipate events, encouragement as we experience challenges, consolation when things don’t turn out how we planned and celebration on the spectacular days.
Being a God-loyal family in a world of individualism, materialism and busyness takes determination and endurance. It takes fortitude. Recognizing there is an enemy of our family unity, we’d do well to pray each day for courage as we practice a fierce family loyalty. We strongly believe that family is worth fighting for. The Bible says, “Don’t be afraid of your enemies. Remember the Lord. He is great and powerful. So fight for your families. Fight for your sons and daughters. Fight for your wives and homes.” (Nehemiah 4:14)
Our God is with us! He is for us! He lovingly offers us his welcome, his comfort and his fortitude. Most of what makes family good is practicing toward those we love the same kindnesses we have received from God. What do these three words mean in your home, with your family? It’s actually one word, but three blessings. WelComFortitude.