As I write, I am in the passenger seat of a rented car which we three Farmers drove to Atlanta. My beloved son is driving and, obviously, Rosemary is in the back. We spent three all- too- short days in Atlanta, visiting my twin sister, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

I take for granted neither safety on interstate 20 nor positive times with family. Yet, I experienced both. This morning I read, and shared with my son and wife, the verse in Psalm 68:6, which says that God sets the solitary in families. What a privilege it is, to be delivered from the solitary navigation of life.During this brief road trip, I celebrated the reality of being part of a large extended family. I hope you will do the same. Do our families have some people in them who frustrate us? YES!! Do we have members of our clans who make unwise decisions? YES!! However, we are stuck with each other and we are gifts to each other.

This week, I dare you to take time to consider how different your life would be if you had not been set in families.And…be nice to the knucklehead(s) in your family.