Family matters

BY REV. DORAL PULLEY

Family is important. The Greek word for family love is storage.  Family is defined as people who are related by blood, law or marriage. All of us have had positive and seemingly negative experiences with family members. There are some people that we naturally love and adore. There are also family members with whom we struggle to build relationship and rapport.

Jesus, our Wayshower and example of what it means to be fully human and fully divine, redefined the word, family.  Jesus said, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother (Mathew 12:50).” Through this statement, Jesus empowered people to redefine and to recreate family for themselves; therefore, the new definition for family is people who are related by blood, law, marriage or choice.

As we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, we realize in a greater way the importance of family. It is a time to connect with our family members and friends from far and near.  God expresses love to us in various forms and through a variety of people. We don’t have to be alone or feel alone during this special time of year. Let us choose to accept love in whatever form it manifests. We don’t have to be without love and fellowship. Let us make a conscious decision to receive well wishes from whoever opens their hearts to us.

In addition to our family of origin and extended relatives, family can be our friends, co-workers, classmates, neighbors, church members, etc.  Family Matters. Join us for this Sunday at 11:00 AM as we celebrate the Divine Idea of family.

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