Psalms 87, 90, 136
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
I wonder, how strong are family ties? Although many of us tend to move around to various parts of the state, country, or world, when we return to where we grew up, we say we are going home. It is the promise of family and friends and familiar surroundings at the end of that road that draws us there. Just as Jacob, who had lived so many years in Egypt, wanted to be returned to his homeland to where his ancestors were buried, we, too, feel the draw of our birthplace and our beginnings.
But where were those beginnings? Yes, we had a mother and father and maybe a brother or sister or two, people who took care of us and loved us, people who made us feel like they could make the sun and stars shine. Our real beginning, however, was with God, who not only makes the sun and stars shine, but made them period!
Our goal is to live our lives wherever we are born, wherever we move, for as long as we are allowed, and then one day return to our beginnings, return to our Heavenly Father. He has promised us a room in His massive mansion, a place where we will be reunited with our loved ones once and for all time. And with God a promise made is a promise kept. He will never turn us away.
Praise be to God for His love and devotion to us….His Family. Amen.