Over the course of many years I have pondered this question. Who is your family? Is your family only those to whom you are related to by blood? Or is the idea of family much larger to include friends and others that you know?
The faith that I follow has a very definite answer to this question; In the gospel of Mark, Jesus says;
“Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”
“Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”“
This is a startling revelation! Those who are related to me my blood will always hold a very special place in my heart. To my dad on this fathers day who taught me what it meant to be a man, and my mother who taught me what it was to love. Even my brother and sister taught me things growing up such as how to get a long when you disagree.
But as I have gotten older and have walked in my faith more and more, I have come to realize that my family is much more than those related by blood. Those with whom I share an even closer relationship than my earthly family, I speak of course of the family of saints, my brothers and sisters in the family of Jesus Christ.
So today, as we remember our earthly father and all of the good things he has brought us, let us also remember our heavenly Father and the gifts he has graced us with!
So, on this day where we celebrate the man to whom brought us into this world, let also remember our heavenly Father to whom has also graced us with good things!
For 50 years the man on the left has been one of the rocks of my life. He has always been there for me and any questions or struggles that I have been going through.
For the last several years, our relationship has changed from a father and son to one of friends. This does not mean that I have lost the respect for my dad or the job he did raising me, just that we can now related as equals.
With all of that being said, I just have one last thing to say…. I Love You Dad!