there's the defining factors of what a family becomes known for.
While growing up the Postema name was translated to me as a family line made up of mail carriers. This never failed to catch my attention because I've a penchant for the written word and believed letter-writing, although a dying art, was one I'd do my part to salvage; not a mail carrier, myself, by trade but a person who did her best to keep the mail carriers in business and busy. Through genealogical research, another definition came to light. The last name Postema replaced the original family surname due to a tragic event that befell a household. The literal translation of Postema?
"One whose father died before he was born".
Fortunately, the sadness of the name didn't linger as the centuries passed and progressed forward and the Atlantic ocean was crossed to bring us to American soil.
What did persist though was what the Postema's, as family, became known for.
Carried over form the "Old Country",
roots planted within the Christian Reformed Church
Even when extended family gathered together there was a Bible reading and a prayer before any festivities would begin. And, lest we forget, the Postema men have been most known for their chivalry, leading through sacrifice, hearts of gold and great, big hugs; the "jack of all trade" types too. Even to this day, if there's a problem that needs to be fixed or a project that needs to be finished, the family men will gather together to accomplish whatever it may be.
when we lay another member of the family to rest,
it's with a grateful heart that we can stand on the shoulders
of those who have gone before
and their inherent greatness;
propelling ourselves forward,
leaving our own legacies of godly love and traditions in our wake,
for future generations to follow too.
From tragedy and death there is also much triumph:
We have all been gifted with unwavering spirits of deep-seated belief and faith;
"blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe" (John 20:29).