The Bible leads us through the stories of our spiritual ancestors—Abraham and the others—into relationship with the One who knew us before Creation began. There is room in the stories for mystery. There is room to maneuver between nature and nurture; the Word of God is a great creator of space, a fine choreographer of connections. The example of Abraham—messy, frequently in error, yet with a faith that was reckoned to him as righteousness—has been reckoned to me as encouragement in a family system that is beautifully complicated by birth and adoption, its patterns reworked and interwoven across generations and genealogies.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
—Ephesians 1:4 (NLT)
Prayer for the Week
God of infinite love, thank you for loving us even before we were born. Help us to realize that your family has room for each of us. Guide us to accept ourselves and others as we seek to grow closer to you. Amen.
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