"Family. Gotta love em!" This is a phrase I've heard a lot in my life. Sometimes it's with a slight sarcastic tone and others it truly is an honest sentiment.
Can you think of other places in your life where you would consider people around you family even though it isn't your
"live under the same roof" group of people?
A family can be any group that is brought together by common interests, beliefs, and love for one another. One of the best examples of this kind of family is the Church. The church is a family bound together by love for God, their Heavenly Father, and for one another.
We see this idea dates back to Jesus' time: in Sunday's Bible reading from Mark, Jesus was together with his disciples in a house. When Jesus' mother and brothers arrived at the house, they sent someone inside to look for him. They told Jesus, "Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you."
Jesus looked around at the people seated around him and answered, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."
You and I love our families, but we also have a wonderful family of faith made up of brothers and sisters who love God and love one another. It is wonderful to be a part of "The Family of God."
"Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother." Mark 3:33-35
God loves you just the way you are,
any age you are,
any place in your faith life you are.
Have an awesome day!