Written by Amber Tafao

Did you know that Easter is listed among the top ten peak travel times of the year? Families and friends will travel great distances to be with loved ones on this day. It is reminiscent of the night Jesus sat down with His twelve disciples to celebrate the Passover. He gathered His closest friends together and used the time to confront Judas, to break bread, to continue teaching, to sing praises, and to pray with them (Matthew 26:1-46). Gathering together with loved ones serves to strengthen bonds, to remember where you come from, to dream of where you will go next, to celebrate victories, and to mourn losses together. 

As you spend time with family over the holidays, consider how you might be an encouragement to them, bear each other’s burdens, and be a source of comfort and joy. We often find ourselves most impatient with those closest to us. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 commands us to “encourage one another and build one another up.” Fellowship is more than just getting together, eating food, watching the kids play, and catching up with each other. It is investing time, encouraging, praying, teaching, sharpening, and bearing one another’s burdens. Be that person for your family this season.

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