Families are great things. They ideally offer a place to belong, to love and be loved, a setting in which children are raised, and a safe-haven for all of its members. Sadly, in our fallen world, not all families offer those things. Sin causes discord, difficulty, and many other things where a family member will act with less than love toward the other members. But God stepped into our less-than-ideal situation on earth when He sent His Son, born into a family, that He might bring us into he family of God the Father.
The family of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus is a great example for us. Mary submits herself to God’s will, even when the path may be a difficult one (Luke 1:38); being an unwed mother was not what it is today, as she could have been stoned. Joseph demonstrates honor and love of righteousness in his plans to deal with Mary before the Lord tells him not to be afraid to take her as his wife, even though she’s pregnant with a baby that isn’t his (Matthew 1:19-25). They both trusted God to come to their aid and not leave them helpless in what He asked of them. Still, even with their trust in God, their family wasn’t perfect either. They didn’t always understand what Jesus needed to be doing, such as when He was a boy in the temple at Passover, and they couldn’t find Him (Luke 2:41-52). And again when Mary asked Him to help at a wedding before His time had come (John 2:1-11).
Ofttimes, it is difficult to be part of a family. We are called to give of ourselves for the good of others. When we love, we open ourselves to the possibility of being hurt. We really cannot do this very well on our own. But God doesn’t leave us without help in our families.
When we are brought into God’s Family through the work of the Holy Spirit, we become members of a Family that, while still full of imperfect people, has a Father who loves each of His children very much. And the Head of that Family never will let us down. He loves us enough that He have His life that we may be freed from the sin that ruled in our lives. Through Him, we are free to love others as He has loved us both in our families and outside of them.
Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be, He is Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the Ending He. Of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see, evermore and evermore.