Good Folks, it is Friday, November 10, 2017. How about those Houston Astros! World Series Champs 2017.
The season of Thanksgiving will soon be upon us, with Christmas following in full stride. I was in a checkout line at a grocery store and saw this bag for sale. This is one that we are encouraged to buy so that plastic bags available will be minimally used. I am almost there on this issue.
Sometimes you have a few moments to read the covers of the magazines, hoping to draw your attention and pocketbook. Or the cornucopia of chewing gum, breath-mints and bottled refreshments encouraging you to give in and purchase. They are placed for a purpose in that location.
This bag just caught my attention on how it tries to picture a family. The words say: “Family, Love, My Signature Moment, The sweetest moments are made from scratch.” There is a clip art of a mother and father, son and daughter, a woman rolling out pasta, with other clip art of table ware, lemonade, cherry pie, large coffee cup, French bread, pizza slice, cheddar cheese, tomatoes on a vine, with a huge pile of spaghetti on the middle of the table. What an ideal moment. The flip side of the bag emphasizes: “Cherish Every Day.”
Today’s family often paints a radically different picture. Yes, many reading this blog can attest to the picture, clip art and the general genre that it tries to say. However, in a constantly changing picture of family, community and society, what once was is taking shape in a new way. Many families have a single parent. Children raised by grandparents or even great–grandparents, or even extended family is a new norm in many households. You have the blending of America in marriage and relationships, culturally and racially. There is no one picture that can describe who we are today. It will change tomorrow.
Yet somehow the church has been that community where the changing landscape of America has found a place to worship, socialize, grow in faith and find a safe place. Sometimes, for some folks, the only family they have is church family.
You are invited to invite others to be part of a family. At Thanksgiving, no one should eat alone. Where is God leading you to be part of what God is doing? Even in the lives of others…
I start a new sermon series this Sunday entitled: Salvaged. God has a way to pick up the shattered pieces of our lives and put them back together.
Blessings from Duncanville,