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By James Pemberton
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What's Happened to "Family?"

I remember growing up in a Christian family.
We all seemed rather content, joyful and happy.

Things we're "going along rather well."
We loved each other...this I could tell!

I think of the special love of mom and dad.
As my parents... I was proud and glad!

Over the many years that rolled on by.
Something began to happen... I  don't know why.

Our deep love became replaced
 with many "excuses."
The relationships filled with " harsh words and bruises."

This family I once held so dear to my heart.
Began to "unravel and fall apart."

Our love for another seemed to become bitter and cold.
Even to this day, as we're "getting old."

Everywhere... it is evident and appearing.
The family as a unit is fast disappearing.

We must come together and remove bitterness.
And walk in God's love and forgiveness!

We need to appreciate one another
-in spite of our faults!
Standing together on God's principles
 brings good results!

If we insist on "going our separate ways."
We'll be sorry-one of these days!

The family-a unit our God has put together.
Needs to be rooted in his love...both now and forever!

His love needs to be the glue that binds us as one.
Blessing every mom and dad...
 daughter and son!

By Jim Pemberton

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Submitted: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

About the Poet
I and my wife have 4 grown children and currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I've spent much of my life doing volunteer work in the food distribution for the needy among local churches. Many of the poems I've written are a reflection of times of adversity as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness. I've found many opportunities to share my poems with those who are hurting and discouraged. I'm thankful for the reports of many of the poems touching people's lives. I hope that the poems included on Wordchimes will touch and bless your life too!

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