Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(Continued from Day 21)
I guess you don’t need to be married to have a family.
Family is what you make it.
“Papa? Why are you crying?”
Stefano looks down to see his second son, Dom, peering up at him through bleary eyes. He scoops him up in a hug.
“Good morning to you too, little one. Papa was crying because he was remembering something happy. You know how mama does that sometimes.”
“Mmm, but you don’t cry much papa, except for when your team loses. Or wins.”
“I’m allowed to cry when I want to, just like you are, eh munchkin?” and with that, he launches into a tickle attack, the pair of them playing and laughing together.
“Papa, papa! Stop!” Dom says, chortling as they play.
“Alright, alright. Go and play with your brother, I’ll organise some breakfast for you both soon. Weet-bix, yes?“
The young boy runs off to play with Paulo, the sounds of two young energetic lads soon coming through from the lounge room.
Family is so very, very important. I mean, without family, where would I be? Tommy is family, as much as Sofia and the boys are, although in a different way.
How do others handle life, without a family around them?
How do broken families handle life? I mean, if Sofia and I had divorced, I think it would have torn us all apart.
Thanks be to God that we stayed married, but what about other people?
Maybe I need to have a word with Pastor Andrew.
I’m sure that there’s something I can do.
(To be continued…)
We thank you that you have called all of us to share the good news about Jesus Christ, and about your plan for our world.
We thank you that you do not send us alone, but that you have given your word that you will never leave us, nor forsake us.
May the Holy Spirit help us to be bold in proclaiming the truth, and to stand firm regardless of the cost.
In Jesus‘ name,
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
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