Countless Christmas songs are written about it. Countless videos are posted about it. But not everyone has a home to go to for the holidays. It’s not a good or bad thing. Sometimes, it just is what is.
That’s where I fit in. My father passed away when I was nine, and I have an estranged relationship with my mother. All of my mother’s side of the family is spread out across the country, and I’ve never been super close to my father’s side of the family. I know many others find themselves in the same boat or in even worse situations.
So the holidays can be sad times, but all hope is not lost. Where earthly family fails, God never will. He comes and fills in all the gaps. And He does so by using spiritual family. This is one of my favorite parts of God’s design for community.
“God provides homes for those who are deserted…” Psalm 68:6 (HCSB)
In numerous other translations this verse says, “God sets the lonely in families.” He intentionally plucks us out of loneliness and places us within community.
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