We value Relationships: We commit to loving each other and inviting others into our family.
There is a young mom who comes to our church. She has just started coming with some friends she considers family. Her journey through life has been hard at times. She lost her mom to cancer not long ago. She has a 7 week old and is seeking her way in this world. Although she is quiet, she is brave and courageous. She has stepped into our church world and allowed some of us to step into her life. Many women of our church came together not long ago to gift her with a baby bath tub full of items for her and her little one. She has received bags of clothes, toys, diapers and even some pampering of her own. I receive emails and messages often from women who want to know what else this young mom needs. What a beautiful picture of family. I have been humbled and blessed by the outpouring of love for this young mom, and I know she has been as well, much more than I have.
One of my very close friends deals with an autoimmune disease. She actually deals with several issues but does not allow that to stop her from living and loving, even when pain fills her days. Not too long ago she sought out a support group. Although that support group did not turn out to be a place she felt called to frequent, she did make a new friend there. Her new friend also deals with an autoimmune disease, but on a much more serious level. She is also a single mom of a teenager. Ever since the support group meeting, my friend has invited this woman into her life. They have had family meals together, attended a Bible Study together, spent time shopping and meeting for meals together. Most recently, this woman has become quite ill. My friend has stepped in, taking her meals, taking her to the hospital and staying with her there. My friend has been watching out for the teenage daughter and is sacrificing her own time to love upon someone who needs it desperately right now. Such a beautiful picture of how God calls us to live and love each other as family.
These are just two pictures of what living as a Family on Mission looks like to us. Sometimes it means walking through the tough parts of life with someone. Other times it might mean celebrating and rejoicing together. Can you picture God’s family Album? I see snapshots all around me…
The man who raked his leaves as well as the leaves in his neighbors yard.
The kids who invited the new neighbor kid down the street to play with them.
The couple who opened their home one evening to neighbors and friends for dinner.
The friends who gathered coats and hot food to feed the homeless.
The moms and kids who went trick or treating at a local assisted living facility.
The group of family and friends who served hot cocoa, coffee and chili to trick or treat families.
The woman who made dinner for a friend and took along an extra bag of groceries just because.
We can easily walk through this life watching out for ourselves and doing what is needed for us. That is important, yes, but life is so much more than just that. When we open ourselves to pursing and building relationships, the Kingdom of God breaks through, healing happens and lives are changed. Even our own.
[tweetthis twitter_handles=”@michellespahr”]When we open ourselves to pursing and building relationships, the Kingdom of God breaks through.[/tweetthis]