God has given us the gift of family and we can, whenever we gather together, give thanks to God for these familial gifts. All of the families of the earth are precious to the Lord. None of our commitments and loves go unnoticed by the Creator of heaven and earth.
As with those of old, God is most concerned for our relationships with one another. Family—and becoming a family of God—is how we discover that we can accomplish more together than we can individually. Being and becoming a family of God is what the kingdom of God is like.
—Todd Outcalt, Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2020)
In what ways do your family relationships resemble God’s kingdom? In what ways do they fall short?
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Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
—Psalm 96:7 (NRSVUE)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, as you have made all things, I know you are still creating in me too. You are not finished working on me. Thank you for your patience throughout the seasons of my life, and I pray that I may offer beauty, comfort, relief, joy, and strength to those I encounter today. Help me to rely upon your counsel through all of the adversity of my life. Amen.
—Prayer by Todd Outcalt
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