But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his descendants, but “Through Isaac shall your descendants be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are reckoned as descendants.
Thought for the Day: We all belong to God.
On this quiet morning, two days after Christmas, I sit in a quiet house. It is cloudy and rainy outside so it seems the others in the house are sleeping in. I did too. But now I sit and reflect over the past few days and look forward to days to come. Christmas Eve services were absolutely wonderful, followed by our Sunday Christmas Service that was sweet and beautiful. Yesterday came and I woke to a house that needed to be cleaned. Dressed in my warm ups, I cleaned everything that could be cleaned as I knew family would be arriving today. Today I look forward to visitors coming to our home to celebrate Christmas. This year, I have not been able to spend time with my family, as my immediate family is gone and distance kept us from seeing my extended family. Today, however, I do get to spend time with family – special family members who took me in twenty years ago and welcomed me with opened arms into their family. They wrapped their arms around me and I became their sister. I wrapped my arms around them and they became my brothers and sister. I did not know at that time that in only a few years, they would be my immediate family but I am thankful they were there when the time came. My sweet husband, my boys, and I are finishing those last things where we will be able to welcome “our family” into our home.
Adopted into their immediate family is what I was. Adopted into a family that accepted me with full open arms into their circle. As we adopted our children, we welcomed them completely with every ounce of our hearts and with as much love as can be imagined. There are many times, admittedly, I begin to feel sorry for myself that I no longer have my sweet Mama and Daddy, my two brothers, and my first love. But then, I look at where has God led me and how He so perfectly placed me in the midst of those who loved me. He gave me my first husband’s parents as my parents after my parents died. He gave me a wonderful husband who loves me deeply and whose family took me into their fold. He gave me two of the most precious sons a mother could ever ask for. My family is full, not by the one I was born into but by the one that adopted me. “This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are reckoned as descendants.” My family is coming today and I am so very thankful for them.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for knowing us and leading us to the people who become our family. Help us remember that each of the special people around us are our Family in Christ, and that You put them there for us. Help us know that we are a part of the whole as You have adopted us. We love You! Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those needing to feel loved.