Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Galatians 4:4-7
4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
Lord, help me, but this verse has me running Lilo and Stitch in my mind-"Ohana means 'family'; family means no one gets left behind, or forgotten." We are not just servants of God, we're family. We've been adopted by God. You might forget someone else's kid, but you're not going to forget your own. God's the Good Shepherd; Deuteronomy 31:8 comes to mind "The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Lord, help me again, but I'm about to make that butt-ugly alien into a spiritual metaphor. Stitch was Chaotic Evil incarnate (Totally Depraved, anyone?) tamed by being adopted into a dysfunctional but loving Hawaiian family. How much better the transformation when our inner Stitch is adopted by God's family. Jesus doesn't leave us behind or forget us. Nor should we not go to bat for our siblings in Christ. The Church means family; family means no one gets left behind, or forgotten.

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