Hi everyone! Life is hard but God is good!
God bless you! Rev. Dr. Sandy Seaton-Todd
Bible Verse I Corinthians 12: 12 We are part of one body with many members.
Bible Story John 19: 25-27 Family While Jesus was being crucified, near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, Jesus said to her, "Here is your son," and Jesus said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took Jesus' mother into his home.
We are born into families and we create our own families. Sometimes we live far from family members and still feel really close, and other times we live close to relatives and don't feel close. Physical proximity doesn't determine emotional closeness. Usually kindness determines closeness. And blood relatives are not the only type of family.
I always love it when my nieces and nephews, by blood or by marriage, call me Aunt Sandy. It is a term of endearment and makes me feel special. I always call relatives and their spouses, "Aunt" and "Uncle." Once someone marries into the family, our family considers them family too. It feels good to be loved as family and welcomed as family. It is a gift to be family with people you love and who love you. Who is your family?
On the cross, Jesus created a family between his mother and his beloved disciple John, for whom three letters and one of the four Gospels in the New Testament are named - Gospel of John, and 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John. We can do our part to create welcoming families, to be family to one another, to broaden our understanding of family, to be family for those who no longer have family, just like Jesus' mother and Jesus' disciple found themselves without family at the cross of Jesus. We all need the love and welcome of family. Let's invite others into our church family.