The Brothers Three
July 10, 2011 § 4 Comments
Plans were made in January, adjoining campsites reserved. Six months later the three brothers, and their assorted wives (one each) convened just outside Yellowstone in Wyoming. A motorhome came from Wisconsin, a 5th-wheel from Colorado and a trailer from Washington State to converge on a wooded campground on the doorstep of the national park. And then the cooking and eating began, and the laughing and talking. Stories from childhood were traded back and forth with nuances added and subtracted, and plenty of, “Do you remember when …?” The family resemblance was clear in the shape of their noses, shoulders and the way they all stood together in a semi-circle over the campstove, two with hands in their pockets, and the third wielding a spatula. Thirteen years separates the oldest and the youngest, and there’s two and a half years between the two oldest. Life has taken all three in different directions, but the bond is strong between the brothers and the sister who could not be there.
The touring done, the rodeo attended, the Cody, WY 4th of July parade enjoyed, the last meal eaten together and the fireside extinguished. It was time to head home or move on to other locations. The brothers, and the wives of their youth, held hands in a circle and the oldest brother thanked God for the heritage and faith of their mother and father and prayed a blessing. Tears filled eyes, and gratefulness. It was like Psalm 133:1 so beautifully says, “How good and how pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity” (NIV).
Plans for another reunion next year were tentatively made. But each one knew that plans must be loosely held. God alone knows the future … the same God who has preserved and guided and blessed the brothers three until this day.
copyright Inger Logelin 2011