This has been a week of birthdays for special people. My Dad’s, aka Bampa, came first and then came Sandy’s, aka Granny Sandy – a grand parent from each family. You see we have been blessed to have two families – a biological flesh-and-blood one and a church by-the-blood-of-Christ one. Two families. We had a grandparent shortage when Jenny was born – my dad being the only grandparent alive so we adopted Granny Sandy and Grandpa Alan. I love that God has given us two families. Sometimes our ‘real’ families are far away but God has given us another family to be part of.
God asks us to treat other people in the church just like we treat family:
1 Timothy 5:1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
Romans 12:10 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
As someone who lives far from home I am thankful for this – I am thankful that we have been adopted into a church family here in South Africa and I am thankful that my Dad has a church family at home also. I think we miss out on richer lives if we limit our family relationships to biology. God had something bigger in mind; He knows what we need at different stages in our lives and provides it through the people He places around us.
So this week I give thanks for family – both biological and church. We love and are grateful for them both.
Happy birthday Bampa and Granny Sandy!