Monday, August 23, 2010

Strange But True

It's strange, and it's scary at the same time. It was one thing to go through it myself, it's a whole nother thing to experience one of our children going through it. It's a part of life really, a part of life we sheltered our kids from and think would never happen to us, in our family. The denial mentality, "you may be going through it but it'd never happen to me" arrogance. But it does happen. Death, divorce, remarriage, "your kids", "my kids", trying to be a family, trying to put things back together. Striving for permanence, security.

We all want the same thing really. We want to be loved. We want to be accepted. We want to succeed. We want to have a family, a place and a purpose. People fail, families fail, churches fail, jobs fail. But God never fails. He is the God of second changes, new beginnings, grace and mercy. He loves us all the same and is the Father of us all.

The greatest joy, blessing and freedom is to open our hearts and our arms and extend grace and mercy and love to each other. To love one another and welcome family whether they be yours or mine or theirs. Family's family. First time, second time. Everyday is a brand new day of grace. God the Father "remembers no more", can't we do the same?

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