The Apocrypha is not only found in the Catholic Bible but also in some Protestant versions of the Bible. Although the Lutheran Church is reported to have it I was never aware of it growing up in that faith. They are not a part of the scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which includes The King James version of the Bible. So these writings are new to me.
I have been reading the Book of Tobias today as that is what Steve referenced in connection with marriage. We were all talking specifically about with how our in-laws become our parents upon our marriage. I like that idea. Steve said that was pointed out in the book of Tobias.
I think the in-law designation should just be done away with (in the non-legal sense) once a family is united in marriage. Then we are all just family. Plain and simple. To me "in-law" implied a forced, duty-driven relationship by law. (I know some of you may be thinking "Yep" about now.) Regardless of the quality of your in-law realationsips... to me it feels like a divisive term rather than inclusive. I think it is one of the very things that often makes these relationships all the more difficult.
One of my many quirks i guess. I've just never liked it and Jim hasn't either. I view it in the same way that married people say, "My son, my daughter, my house, etc. when the much more unifying term is "our." These subtle things make a difference in how we feel and act.
to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle but it will never break.”
- Chinese Proverb
A photo I am sharing this week...a photo of Jim with Steve. They share an Italian heritage that goes way back to a quaint little village in the Province of Genova, Italia. Sweet reunion of the posterity some outstanding Ferreras of the past. What a joy to behold.