Scripture: Romans 8:14–16
Key Verse: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
In 1998 I was twelve years old, and we were packing for our third move in three years. We had received orders to move to Washington, DC. While another move would make anyone nervous, I was thankful. Why? Because, earlier that year, my Dad had taken me to a father-daughter retreat at the Officers’ Christian Fellowship’s eastern conference center in White Sulphur Springs (WSS). During that trip and subsequent visits, I met many kids who were also living in or heading to DC. For the next eight years I returned to WSS every summer. There I learned that these young Christ-followers weren’t just my friends; they were family.
This was driven home in 2013. Although I know live in Korea, I stayed in tough with my “family” through the “WSS staff net.” While perusing the website one night, I discovered that Army Ranger First Lt John Orosz, one of my fellow staff alums, had been seriously injured in Afghanistan. Through the staff net, I learned John was headed for Germany to undergo surgery. I was overjoyed to learn that, even before his plane touched down, other OCF believers in Europe had begun their pilgrimage to be at John’s side. Much to his parents’ delight, these wonderful Christ-followers, led by the Spirit of Christ, would serve as John’s surrogate parents and family. Now that’s family connection.
What does family mean to you? When have you experienced a tight bond to those with whom you have been stationed? How have you shown the love of Christ by being a great friend to others?
Think of someone who has been like family to you and reach out to them to thank them for what they’ve meant to you by writing a letter, sending a card, or crafting a thoughtful emal.
Identify someone who needs to be loved like family and send them something that says you care.
Heavenly Father, thank you for adopting me into your family. I pray that your Spirit will open my eyes to see those around me who need someone to love and care for them. As you have brought me into your family, give me the courage, patience, and ability to be like family to them. Amen.