Our theme for this month: “Take care of each other”
Our Bible verse for today: “God sets the lonely in families …” Psalm 68:6 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Your church family is a gift from God.”
I come from a fairly large family. I’m the oldest of six siblings. I also had nineteen first cousins (sixteen living less than an hour away). As my siblings and I got older and had families of our own, there were ten different spouses (and counting), who added nineteen nieces and nephews to the family (most of whom now have children of their own). And that doesn’t count the multiple spouses and numerous children of the cousins either. So, ours is a large family.
But as we all grew older many of us moved away from our original homes in the suburbs surrounding New York City. For most of our adult lives we have been spread out across the country and have often gone for years, even decades, without seeing each other. I’ve found that to be a significant missing element in my life and I regret it. I would like to have had family closer during those years. For one thing, a good family takes care of each other and they are there for each other during the tough times in life.
So, I’ve been especially grateful for our church families. Regardless of where Linda and I and our children have lived (we’ve moved a lot), our church family has always filled an important need in our lives. God gives us our church families as a gift. Those people effectively become our family – our brothers and sisters, grandmothers and grandfathers, sons and daughters, and yes, even grandchildren. A good church family takes care of its members every bit as well (and perhaps better) than even a good biological family does.
Even for those who have a lot of biological family close-by, church family is important. The relationships you have with your brothers and sisters in Christ goes deeper and lasts longer than the ties you have with your biological family. The biological ties end at death, but the spiritual ties last for eternity.
As I write this it is Saturday. Tomorrow is Sunday, the day our church families will gather together. I encourage you to faithfully attend the gatherings or your church. You need to be there and they need to have you there. Don’t skip the weekly family reunion!
If you’re not a member of a good church, you need to be. You are missing an important element in your life. If you are in Crossville, or even close to Cumberland County, Tennessee, I invite you to visit us at Oak Hill Baptist Church, 3036 Genesis Road in Crossville. Sunday school begins at 9:00, the worship service is at 10:00.