Family Grace

Mark 10:29-30 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. NLT

When I was just a small child Abba told me that I would never own a home. I remember thinking but what about my children, which was an odd thought considering I was a child; He answered my query by tell me that He would be my home and I would be my children’s home. This word would be a bedrock foundation in the life I would be called to. Growing up my life was one of complete stability: we lived in one house, went to one church, had one pastor… It was not particularly a lifestyle which would seem to prepare me for a life of constant moving yet the word I received as a child would hold me to course. We have pastored in four different states, evangelized in around a dozen states, and traveled to over a dozen countries. We literally ‘gave up’ being close to family, had no house to call our own and are now a long way from our children and grandchildren. We have had a good life and as the Scripture says we have gained many lifelong relationships. There are friends which are truly brothers and sisters to us. We have had so many people who treated us as their kids and our boys as their grandchildren. I would love to extol thanks to all of them and to our Heavenly Father for fulfilling this Scripture for us.

Recently having lost family not merely from moving but to death there has been a hole, the desire to reach out and talk things through with those who are no longer with us, the safety net of having parents that in a bind you could call on for prayers and physical help. I know this is a natural process that happens to everyone who lives long enough to experience this process. I suppose that not pastoring at this time and having a church family that we are plugged into exacerbates the isolated feeling but Abba as always keeps His word. I have written about Ms. Ann before our lovely ninety year old lady who we made contact with when first coming to California. We have been able to on and off visit and encourage one another. Ms Ann is a widow and never had any children though her husband did, we have prayed together, discussed how she can be of use to the kingdom and shared my stories of the streets. What has happened is she has become like a mom to me. She calls me baby and prays for us as if we’ve known each other forever. When I share with her about what’s going on she knows Abba’s will is best but she is also concerned that I be happy. She is as thrilled to hear the stories of the gracepoints as a physical mom would be and though it seems as if we will be leaving this area and she was hoping we would be able to stay close; she wants only what is best for us.

If you are alone, if you need a friend that sticks closer than a brother or sister; I know one who keeps His word and we receive this now and hey the bonus of eternal life. Never mistake that it is hard losing those we love but love never fails and springs fresh and new in many ways. We don’t replace those we’ve lost but add to the family and we are comforted. Today I pray that you find comfort in knowing your Heavenly Father is always adding to the family and we are a part of that endeavor. We mourn the loss of loved ones but are comforted with the presence of our family; the Family of God.

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