Last Saturday I had a family reunion on my mother’s side.
It was the Hook reunion which has been held the weekend of Memorial Day for as far back as I can remember.
All of the Hook’s are gone now.
Grandpa had 8 brothers and sisters and the last one left us in 2007.
But there memory lives on!
I found some old photo’s that have been in my family for years.
One in particular shows my great grandfather and me in December 1968.
I was 11 years old!
The Hook kids and their kids and their grandkids all took turns going over each photo and looking in every album.
Since I made copies I let them take what they wanted.
One series of pictures shows grandpa with all the brothers and sisters.
None of us realized it was the last time they would all be photographed together.
As I get older there are certain changes in me.
I’ve come to realize the following things.
1. Family is more important than work.
2. What the elderly say is important.
3. Don’t put off visiting with your grandparents. They won’t last forever.
4. Explore your family tree while there is still someone around to tell you how it got planted.
5. A picture is worth a thousand words but go for the words.
6. Write dates on pictures.
7. Get that recipe!
8. Maybe you should start writing down your life, at least what you remember.
Today’s Bible Reading
Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth. Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he acted as a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them. Then he said to them, “Where do you come from?”
And they said, “From the land of Canaan to buy food.”
So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. Then Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed about them, and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see the nakedness of the land!”
And they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. We are all one man’s sons; we are honest men; your servants are not spies.”
But he said to them, “No, but you have come to see the nakedness of the land.”
And they said, “Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and in fact, the youngest is with our father today, and one is no more.”
But Joseph said to them, “It is as I spoke to you, saying, ‘You are spies!’ In this manner you shall be tested: By the life of Pharaoh, you shall not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. Send one of you, and let him bring your brother; and you shall be kept in prison, that your words may be tested to see whether there is any truth in you; or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies!” So he put them all together in prison three days.