“If my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.” vs. 10
It would be wonderful if every person born in this world would be welcomed into a family that oozed with love and kindness. And wouldn’t it be terrific if all children would have parents who were slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love? Unfortunately that’s not the way it is! Too many children grow up in an atmosphere of turmoil and tension…abuse and neglect is rampant. In the United States we’re much more likely to treat our pets better than our kids. That is certainly not God’s intention! Some of us know this sad story all too well…we’ve grown up feeling unloved and unwanted. Many of us have unresolved issues with fathers or mothers…and lots of painful memories. Evidently such situations are not new…the psalmist knew the feeling and suggests that we can find our consolation in the Lord. That sort of thing happens regularly in our congregations. In the company of the saints we can find the kind of love and acceptance that’s been missing from our lives. In a very real sense our brothers and sisters in Christ become our fathers and mothers too; the Church becomes our family. What a blessing it is when those who have been rejected by their own flesh and blood are embraced and encouraged by the Body of Christ!
Thought for the Day: How is my congregation like a family to me?