The Family of Four Standing Plaque is a wonderful gift for that special “family of four” in your life. This is an exquisite, freestanding, solid bronze, filigreed plaque made in Germany. Measuring 2.5 x 2.5 inches, this lovely piece will be a wonderful Christmas stocking stuffer as well as wedding anniversary gift.
Family of Four?
This is not the Holy Family (Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus). This is a depiction of that all too American ideal (?), the nuclear family (father, mother, and two children — the only thing missing is the family dog). Yet every nuclear Family of Four is called to holiness, called to become the the holy Family of Four through a shared journey of faith, love, and hope, a shared journey of accompanying and supporting one another in a lifelong journey through all of life’s joys, sorrows, and tribulations to the One who is Source and Sustainer of all family life.
Each and every one of us comes from and/or is part of and/or is raising a family. Family in many cultures is, in fact, everything. Yet we are all painfully aware that no family is perfect or the idyllic refuge and escape from life. Because family is part of life, part of reality, family is where we learn to embrace and accept the otherness and uniqueness of those with whom we did not choose to live, but whom we choose to learn to love and embrace in and through all of family’s frictions, annoyances, challenges, rewards, pleasures, and amusements. Family is where we first learn that we are not alone. Family, our human families, our human family, models for us the Family of God where we will never ever be alone, ever again. Family matters!