Our sermon this AM was on "family"--the first in the summer series on family. We started in the beginning---creation---and discovered what God intended.
We all worked on our own family tree---starting at the top with our mother and father---us in the center-with our spouse along side--our children below. As I worked on my family tree---adding children's spouses---grandchildren---a sudden wave of emotion washed over me. Wade then talked about how, as we wrote those names down---a word would flash through our mind---a one word description of that relationship. For some those are good words of joy and happiness--security---for others pain---sadness.
God created us from the very beginning to function in the family unit---he created us to need and want those relationships----and then sometimes because of the "Broken World" and "Man's Fall"---what God intended for our fulfillment----and His Glory---we turn into something---ugly---broken---painful.
Wade concluded by reminding us that what man messes up---God will use to Bless us and to Glorify Himself--
Draw your family tree---and see the words that come to mind---