We are family

Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me ~Matt. 18:5 (ESV)

We all know the importance of a parent’s love. I was adopted by my father at 3 years of age. He holds a special place in my heart. He didn’t have to love me. Some would have considered me the unwanted baggage in a second marriage. But he didn’t. Not only did he love my mother, he loved me too. He is the only father I have ever known. God used him to fill the hole that my biological father left behind. Not only did my father love me but he also planted the seeds of knowledge that would help me to know that I am a beloved child of God.

God places people in our lives for us to share His love with. God makes families. Sometimes it might not be with the family you start life with. Sometimes we gather family members as we move though this world. John 18:14 says “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.”

I am part of a large family. God has come to me through many mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers of faith.

Heavenly Father, thank You for not leaving me as an orphan. Thank You for those You have sent to be Your arms to hug me, Your feet to guide me, Your voice of confirmation and Your eyes of adoration. Help me to see those whom You have placed along my path for me to love for You. Fill me with Your love to the point that I overflow. Fill me so that I may love Your children. Amen.

 

 

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