I’m curious what family means to you? For me family has always been important. As a child I was the eldest of five. I have three sisters and my little brother is also the youngest. However, he’s not so little any more being a good four inches higher than my 5’10” frame. As kids we bickered a lot, probably drove my parents nuts but we are close. Family became even more important when my wife and I had kids of our own. My family is part of my story. It’s where I came from. It’s where I got my name. It’s part of my dna. Since becoming a father it has always been important to me to be around for my kids. I especially like having our meals together in the evening. The day doesn’t seem quite right without that part of our time together. The family meal is where we catch up on the days events, but it also just about being together. That’s important to me.
In the Bible the idea of family was important. Right from the beginning God established the idea of family. He embedded it in the ten commandments. And much of the Bible is the story of various families of one type or another. Some more dysfunctional than the other but families all the same. For the apostle Paul it was the same and often to referred to Christian believers as children of God. In Ephesians 2:19; “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”(NKJV) Although I love the way Eugene Peterson puts it in the Message; “This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home.” God bless. Here’s Something for your amusement, it’s me!!