• Kim Leslie-Underwood

My Sister's Keeper!

"Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9)

I’m sure when God made this inquiry, Cain never thought it would become a decree for accountability and commitment. In the minds of men and women all over the world, this question continuously presents itself.

Scripture is evidence that we as people fall short at " Am I my brothers keeper?"

Biological sisters live in a household where they fight, play together and even borrow each other's clothes. They share secrets and stay up nights talking about their future plans and how they can't wait to leave the nest.

Growing up with a sister can have its benefits and downfalls depending on how you were raised. I've heard crazy stories about sibling rivalries. One sibling dislikes another because of their relationship with a parent. One seeking to be the overachiever to gain the approval or affection from other parent.

There's also times I am witnessing the growth of sibling bonding! I've always admired both relationships because I am an only child. It would have been nice to have someone to fight with, share secrets and exchange clothing!

I used to yearn for those sister-bond friendships in those who I hung around as a child. I used to go through a ritual known as rights of passage when I became acquainted with one of the girls in my community. We would start hanging out, study together and share personal stories with a promise to keep them a secret. As time went on we would come to some sought of an agreement; we are more than friends.

One day a friend came up with an idea to make us blood-sisters. We stuck out one of our fingers and pluck it with a needle. We placed one finger on top of the other. We would decree we were blood-sisters for life. We were young and yearning to connect with each other to form a bond no one could break! I have no clue to where those sisters are today. My Hope is that they are living there best life!

As an adult I respect and appreciate the bond I have with my sister's. We are not blood related but you wouldn't know unless we told. I believe if God asked me " Where is your Sister Kim?" My response would be " I'm my sister's keeper."

I celebrate you….

Kim Leslie-Underwood, MHC-LP, CASAC-2

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