Day 21 – Family is what you make it

Day 21 – Family is what you make it

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 12:4-5

(Continued from Day 17)
 
Done deal! Thanks Tommy. Oh hey, before I go, I wanted to say thank you for how you helped me out, back when Sofia and I were struggling.”
 
“Don‘t mention it. It’s what friends are for, right? See you Thursday.”
 
The tired father and husband hangs up and slides his phone back into his pocket with a smile on his face, and goes back to making sandwiches for the twins, for school.
 
It’s been a while since I caught up with Tommy. Why haven’t I made more of an effort? It’s not like he’d say no to coming over, and he even answers the phone at this time of the morning.
 
I remember back in the days when we were both single. In high school we were inseparable, the trouble we got up to…
 
He laughs, remembering the past, and packs the sandwiches away.
 
Back then, things were simpler. Go to school, pretend to work, hang out afterwards, get home sooner or later… no responsibilities, no-one pulling our strings. What happened?
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We grew up, I suppose. Life has a habit of getting complicated. First was university for me, and work for him. We still caught up at church, and on Friday nights at the uni bar, but we saw each other less and less. I met Sofia there, but Tommy… he never seemed to find the right lady.
 
As he thinks, he walks over to the wall, where pictures are mounted.
 
Here, one of their wedding day. Tommy as his best man, Sofia and Stefano smiling and young, before the world got so messy and difficult.
 
There, one of the three of them as they celebrated Sofia’s birthday, a great night at a restaurant with a view to die for.
 
My bride and I got married, and Tommy bought a place, began to offer rooms to rent for other singles looking for somewhere to live. As I built a family, he built one too, but in his own way. He’s got friends all over the place now…
 
I guess you don’t need to be married to have a family.
 
Family is what you make it.
 
(To be continued…)
 
Heavenly Father,
We thank you for our unity in Christ, and for the different roles you have called us all to in life.
We repent of the times that we have become too focussed on our own lives, and neglected to sow into one another’s lives.
May the Holy Spirit help us to see the need to grow in relationship, and to make time to love one another, as you call us to.
In Jesus‘ name,
Amen
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Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
Warwick Marsh & David Rowsome from Canberra Declaration with thanks for input and advice from an interdenominational editorial team. The team at the Canberra Declaration also thank the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting for their kind assistance

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