Would it surprise you to find that you have more family than you thought you did? Almost 2 years ago I was contacted by an unknown nephew asking if I was the daughter of my parents? (Name withheld because we’re on the internet.) Well of course I was and still am even though both of them have passed into glory. As time has passed I have discovered a new brother and sister and their families. Can you imagine?
I have two full sisters and now I have 3 sisters and a brother. Awesome! Getting to know them is an incredible experience. By the way, what does one do with a brother? I’m pretty good with sisters, grew up with them, and all the stuff that goes with it. But a brother? (Any suggestions are appreciated.)
And so now, many years later, much life has passed. We are married, had children, ready to retire, settled in our communities, survived cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and a Traumatic Brain Injury behind us. And before us…two very special new people and their families to get to know and love.
God is so good! Welcome to the family! You are loved!
Father in heaven only You could have put us back together. How can I begin to say thanks for this great gift of joy. I ask that You teach us to love one another with the the kind of love in 1 Corinthians 13. Give us patience with one another. Teach us kindness. Help us to seek only what is best for one another. What an awesome God You are!
As humans we tend to be groupies. Everything is more acceptable in a group. Conformity is part of the human condition. Our thoughts begin to change when we come to the realization that we are personally acceptable and accountable to God. We worship in groups but often find it difficult to worship alone. We pray in groups but may experience some anxiety when asked to be the leading voice. We believe that Jesus died for us as a group of sinners but find it difficult to believe that we sin personally. I believe if I were the only person on earth Jesus would have still died for just me.
When we read John 3:16-17 we group ourselves as part of the world (and we are). Look at John 3:18. The ‘voice’ changes and becomes more personal, saying ‘whoever…’ At this point it becomes a very personal choice. Either I believe and reap the blessings of personal belief or I deny and am condemned.
David, a man after God’s own heart, had more than a bit to say in his writings about a personal relationship with God. Look at Psalm 40:1-3.
I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. David had it figured out. He knew the Lord personally and with that knew He would answer. Verses 2 and 3 tell us what God did for him. The end of verse 3 gives us reason to rejoice. David knew he wasn’t the only one but many more individual believers would see that God insures our safety personally. The Message says this so well. More and more people are seeing this: they enter the mystery, abandoning themselves to God.
Oh, how He loves you and me!
Heavenly Father, give us the desire and courage to abandon ourselves personally to You. Help us know and understand Your personal love for each of us. Let us go and tell others they can have the same thing. Send Your blessing on us. I lift this prayer in the Precious Name of Jesus. Make it so!