We are a family of eight with five children still living at home. The oldest is 19 and the youngest is now 9. The children do not go off to school but rather they stay home and follow their own interests. Mom and Dad are also working at home and usually available to be interrupted when need be. Breakfast is eaten in shifts but lunch and dinner are sit down meals we share together. The meal times are often the main opportunity for all of us to be together and share the same room. In an ideal world these would be cozy times together sharing favorite tidbits from our day still in progress. However, in the real world we live in these shared times around the table too often become a battle ground. Suddenly a wonderfully prepared meal is once again eaten within turmoil.
I am quite sure no one in the family likes this state of affairs, and yet how to turn this ship around towards a more congenial meal experience remains unknown. I have a feeling our family is ripe for a household meeting. We need a time where we can take the time to discuss how we could improve our situation. (If you are reading this and have any good suggestions I would appreciate hearing them.) Family dynamics are very important to keep healthy. The relationships within any given family can fall into patterns that are more like gears chattering and slipping with broken teeth - rather than spinning together beautifully and quietly.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
I think I may carve this verse into our table top this afternoon so God can read it when He looks down on us and send His help to us move closer to our ideal.