Unity cements the successful foundation of our family’s future

Published 12:02 am Saturday, May 23, 2020

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Demetrius Moffett

In spite of COVID-19, Memorial Day is the unofficial day that launches us into the season of summer.

Pools would be opening, graduations are taking place and bar-b-que pits will be smoking.

Memorial Day is family gatherings and reunions. It gives me joy to ride through the park and see family and friends fellowshipping together. It says to me that we have the tools we need to be unified.

I remember sitting in some planning meetings, deciding who is going to bring what. Some of my family volunteered to make potato salad or smoke the meat and someone would speak up in a gentle way and suggest that they bring drinks, their ability to make digestible food is questionable.

I remember the looks on the faces of the patriarchs and matriarchs as they watched 3rd, 4th and 5th generations of legacy running around playing together. I can’t help but to recall several conversations of family unity.

I’ve found that if I’m not careful these priceless experiences would be reduced to cheap encounters.

What is the status of our family unity? How deep does the fellowship go, two generations, three? What old scares, hurts and drama are we passing down from generation to generation? Would big mama be happy with our display of unity? Do we have any big mamas anymore?

Unity is the foundation upon which the family is built.

We continually state it takes a village to raise a child. If the village, the family, is fragmented it increases the chances of our children being fragmented.

We are about to enter into the season of family gatherings (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas) what a blessing it will be for our family and an honor to the pillars of our families if we can take our family unity to a higher level.

Cement is a binder, a substance used in construction that sets, hardens and adheres to other materials, binding them together. Unity is the cement foundation that binds the family together.

Unity takes forgiveness and compassion and mixes them together that family unity adheres to each family member to growth the family legacy. If your family unity is strong, sustain it. If your family unity is fragmented, reclaim it.

Unity cements the successful foundation of our family’s future. Please don’t let it crack. Cemented for success.


Demetrius Moffett is Senior Pastor of Orange Church of God-Embassy of Grace, 1911 North 16th Street in Orange.