What are your favorite spring break memories? At my age it’s hard to even remember what I did for spring break back in the day. My best spring break memories are probably those that my children have experienced. Each year my family travels to Alabama to hang out with my wife’s brother and his wife and their three girls. The cousins love seeing each other and every year it seems they just pick up right where they left off. It’s been fun watching them grow up together and build bonds I have no doubt will last a lifetime.

I’ve been thinking about those annual “cousin connections” in the context of our theme for this school year “You are not alone…you’re connected!” based on John 16:32b-33. Some of the connections Christ establishes for us with family and friends can be altered by distance, time, and changes in life’s circumstances. Old friends change careers or move, and relationships with family members become strained or changed by marriage or children. However, those changes don’t have to mean those connections no longer exist. This spring break I encourage you to find a way to re-connect with that friend or family member you’ve drifted away from. Perhaps you can still be a blessing from God to that person – or maybe they can for you. This spring break take to heart Hebrews 10:25 that reminds us to “not neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another.”