A Spiritual Family Reunion
The holidays are here, whether we are ready or feel like it’s time. Holidays often make us think about family gatherings; and while Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t really family reunions, they seem to function as such as the years progress. As we get ready for Thanksgiving, I’d like to get you thinking about being thankful for the people God has placed in your life and more specifically, who would attend your “spiritual family reunion” if you had one.
This is from an article I found in a Homelife issue of July 2008. Author Linda Anderson wrote,
“Hmmm, a spiritual family reunion? I love thinking about whom I would invite. I’d start with my parents…I would include a wonderful man who taught children’s church when I was in first grade and prayed with me when I wanted to receive Jesus into my heart. And then there would be a heroic assortment of Sunday School and Christian schoolteachers…who patiently listened to my doubts and questions as a teenager. Oh, yes, I’d want to include the devotional writers who have impacted my thoughts and life. And even though I’ve never had a formal mentor, I’d include the women whose laughter and loving spirits inspired me to follow their lead.
Thinking about this makes me realize how blessed I am to have so many people pour into my life the love of Jesus. But how about you? Whom would you invite? Think about this, and give thanks to God for the people who nudge you toward Him. How about dropping a note to one of more of your spiritual fathers, mothers or mentors–just to let them know about the impact they had on your life?
And who might invite YOU to their spiritual family reunion? Is anyone walking closer to God because of You? An invitation to someone else’s spiritual family reunion is one party I don’t want to miss. What about you?”
There’s some food for thought to go with the turkey and pumpkin pie! Happy Thanksgiving, Church Family!
Becca Hungerford, Children’s Ministry Director