Family Resemblance

Mark 3:31-35 (NIV)
Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. [32] A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” [33] “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. [34] Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! [35] Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

You might be surprised to learn that family is very important to me. I have fostered and adopted kids and have treated dozens of children as though they were my own. I miss them, most of them.

I am estranged from my mother and brother, my in-laws have written that they hate me. My adopted children harbor their own opinions…

So this story is very, very important to me. I may be the one causing all the trouble but I have done this–moved away from my genetic family because I was trying to heal my kids.

It is hard to survive abuse. There is little room left over to pander to squeamish and difficult family members.

We need a new family. We need to be a new family. We need the face of love. When Jesus seems to be rejecting his own family he is really not. He is simply saying–

the people in my family will love. Love like me.

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