How I love the fellowship of family and friends at gatherings, for in our time these days, there is so much busyness going on that it is difficult to meet regularly.  But these times bring us back together to pause for a moment to remember what family is all about. The bigger picture is that we are part of the family of God.  We are told this in Scripture: “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. The whole building being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord. You also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:18-22   Some of you I have never met, but I still feel like you are a part of this wonderful family. After all, we are members of God’s household together.  And because we are of the same family, we are family too. I wonder if the first church felt like this when they were gathered together. Certainly there was not enough room at that time, for thousands of them to meet together, so they (the apostles) went from house to house, where as many as possible could enter, and they shared together, because they were now a new family. Today we build church buildings so that we can hold more of the family, but are we family? Do we exist like the family we ate with at Easter? Do we treat each other like family? Are we foreigners to each other? The one thing we get to do here, that we will also be doing in heaven when we get there is worship, together with the saints that I am happy to call my brother, sister, friend. I look forward to each week that we can be together to worship, talk about the Lord. Today is a good day to pick up the phone and call one of your family members and tell them how much you love them. Or perhaps send an e-mail, for any communication is better than no communication. And communicating your love for each other is what encourages and keeps us together.

Heavenly Father, I pray for the family of God, those You have put together, both by blood, and by Spirit. For we belong to You, and Your Spirit is in us.  Thank You for those You have given, and I pray for them even now, that they will see the true relationship together in faith with each other.

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