The value of family is beyond question critical to who we are and what we most treasure. A weekend with my two daughters; one who lives in New York and the other who is away at school, made for a very emotional but complete experience. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to have my son and his family join us.
Family doesn't come without challenges, but in the end all of those challenges are overcome by the love we have for each other. That love is only enhanced by the common union we have in our faith in Christ. Now we are not just a physical family but a spiritual family, united in one accord and serving the God we love and abide in.
But it gets better because in Christ our family is expanded to all believers, loving and caring for them as if they were our own children, brothers, sisters, moms and dads. The scripture tells us in John 13: 34, 35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Yes, that is a command not an option, we must love one another in Christ as if we were one family, one body in Christ. We must celebrate the time we spend together, the words we share, the messages we write each other, and so forth. Imagine all of us united in Christ as one amazing enormous loving family, wouldn't that solve most of this world's problems? In Christ this can be a reality if we honor the scripture and love one another the way he loves us! Just a little advice to go!