Devotional for Friday November 13th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Be Thankful”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Be thankful for your family”
 
This weekend I will be one of two ministers who will share the privilege of performing a wedding for a fine young Christian couple. I get to help them start their new life as husband and wife. As of Saturday, a new family will have been started. For now, it will just be the two of them. In years to come there will probably be children as well. It’s a blessed and encouraging event. It reminds us that God isn’t done with the human race yet and with couples like this forming new families, the future looks promising. I love weddings.
 
Family was God’s idea. It was His design to bring a man and woman together to be life partners, to form a home, and to bring children into the world. Families are also generational. We certainly see that in the early chapters of Genesis, especially in chapter ten (The Table of Nations), and in chapter eighteen where God describes how He will bless the entire world through Abraham’s line of descent. The influence of family life is strong, it runs deep and extends far into the future.
 
The family unit is the structural foundation of any society. Strong traditional family units are essential to the health of communities and nations. A father, mother, and children, all living together under the Lordship of Christ is the key to a stable and prosperous homelife. And stable family units are the key to a healthy society overall. When the traditional family unit breaks down, it means trouble for everyone. It’s a proven sociological fact that the fewer strong and stable traditional family units a society consists of, the more social ills that society will experience. For instance, the primary problem faced by the African-American community in our country today is the large proportion of fatherless homes. Children need the structure and stability of an intact traditional family.
 
I encourage you to spend some time this morning thanking God for your family. Thank Him for your immediate family, and thank Him also for your extended family including aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and outlaws. Then I encourage all of us to do the things necessary to keep our families healthy and strong.
 
But what about those who don’t have an intact biological family to be a part of? What about those who are alone? We will talk about that tomorrow.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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