Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-5; John 15:9-17
I have a friend, a lifelong friend, who is the youngest in her family (I am being purposefully anonymous, so let’s call her “Sally”). Her parents and older siblings were church people and pillars of our faith community. However, when Sally’s dad died, things fell apart. Strife and discord and worse. Downright abuse—both mental and felonious. It was really shocking, for those of us on the outside looking in, but especially for my friend. Things that were rightfully hers were vandalized by the older siblings. It was horrible.
It is likely that most of us can tell a story—either of our own family or of someone close to us—of family members that, as my mother calls it, “divorce” their family over some insult, whether it is real or not. And part of our message this morning is, EVEN IF IT IS, SO WHAT!??!
And the kids—those kids who never seem to do what we want them to . . . what do we do about that? New flash: according to God, WE are the kids, and things just got real. [Read more…]