During our Shepherd’s Welcome and prayer time Sunday, George Bradshaw spoke of the importance of the church in each of our lives. As we often do, he referred to the church as our “family,” and rightly so. Every Sunday is family reunion day, and what a joy it is to come together with those we love, who share so much of our lives with us.
We too have been recently reminded of this important aspect. Just ten days after our daughter Amanda had our grandson Isaac, her husband Paul broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg while playing soccer. Being 1100 miles away, we immediately got on the phone with friends from church in the Arlington/Fort Worth area, and several were checking on them right away. While we have been with them this week we have seen and heard of many praying for them and encouraging them and us.
We are continually reminded of the reality and the importance of a loving and caring church family. This blessing is felt no matter what joys we have to share with each other. It is appreciated no matter what burdens and difficulties we help each other face together.
Jesus spoke of the troubles that His people would go through in Matthew 10 and in other places. He told them that for some of them they would face very serious persecution. Some would lose the “family” they had always known—they would be thrown out of the Jewish synagogue and community because of their allegiance to Him. What helped them through this suffering is the same thing that helps us through our difficult days and nights today: a loving, caring church family.
Please remember that when you struggle, you can lean on your church family. But also remember that there are others who need your help. Part of our mission statement calls us to honor and glorify God by “loving and encouraging one another, serving others as if serving Christ…” Be there for someone this week. Be the church family for someone that helps them get through a tough time.