Family is essential because we all yearn to feel like we belong to something greater than ourselves. ~Laura Ramirez
This past week, we had the joy of spending time with Mary’s sister Rachel, Mary’s cousins Anne and Laura, Tim’s aunt and uncle and Tim’s immediate family on vacation. The end of our week in California culminated in a family reunion to celebrate Tim’s grandma’s 90th birthday where we were able to connect with 30+ relatives on the Dady side. We were so blessed to visit with many relatives Tim hadn’t seen in years, and introduce Mary to many of the Dady relatives for the first time. We both felt very welcome and at home. One of the reasons why this reunion was great was because we were immediately accepted because we are family. We were all connected by the common bond of being Dadys.
Our relationships with these people were even sweeter when we shared another connection, a common faith in Jesus Christ. This is why the family of God is so beautiful, although we all come from different physical families, we are one family in Christ. In Ephesians 2:19-22, speaking of the family of God, Paul writes:
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
This reality is what spurs us on to serve youth in Latvia. For we long to see more and more people be added to the household of God. We rejoice that already this summer over 35 students have come to new faith in Christ through Josiah Venture camps in Latvia, and are now our brothers and sisters. We also find hope in the fact that we can find acceptance and rest in Christ. We are forever accepted into the family of God not because of any merits of our own, but only because of our faith in Jesus.