This time of year from Thanksgiving to Christmas is the loneliest time of year. People without family this is a time that reminds them that they do not have family or if you have lost someone you remember them. But this is also a time that family comes together. As a church we are a family. If you have lost someone or maybe don’t have family close to you. The church is your family.
The Journal of Cardiology (Study of the Heart) poses a question,
“Do common religious roots keep a family together? “The family that prays together, stays together.” My own personal experience and general observations seem to confirm the truth of that old saying. Certainly the recognition of a Supreme Being and of a spiritual side to our nature goes a long way toward putting the rest of our busy lives in perspective. When that is shared, I believe it strengthens the whole family.”
As a church we know our Lord and Savior is the one and only Supreme God. Jesus Christ is God, we serve a mighty, ultimate God, that loves us and cares for us. So this Christmas season and always: invite that neighbor over that doesn’t have family. Maybe you could find the neighbor that has needs and meet them or invite the person that has lost someone over for Christmas. Live like the family of God. It starts with parents making a decision to be different and then becomes a movement in your entire family.
Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment read His response,
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
Your heart and passion for God will be clear to the people around you, family members, children, and co-workers. Love a neighbor as the family of God this year!