John 19:25 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
This passage tells us how Jesus’ mother Mary came to live with the apostle John. They weren’t biologically “family”, but they became family through their shared faith in Jesus. That’s one of the things I love most about the church. It brings people together in powerful ways.
This is especially important in places like the city in which I live – the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Many of the people who live here are from somewhere else. As such, many of us have no extended family in the area. Our church has become our family. This morning I am especially grateful for my church brothers and sisters.
Lord Jesus, we lift up to you this morning our families of faith. We may not be related by blood, but we are bound together in YOUR blood that you shed for the sake of the world. Give us grace to be continually inviting new people into the family of God. Amen.