The Beauty in our Perfect-Normal-Crazy-Awkward-Broken Family
Before you think this series isn’t for you, STOP. We all have family. Whether you’re single or married with children and grandchildren, you know family. Even the orphan experiences a surrogate family. And certainly God has called us to be part of His family, the church. So stick with me.
For some of us the word “family” conjures up wonderful reminiscences; for others, it’s pain. The highs and lows of life are often associated with family. It’s really hard to sum family up in a word that would connect with each family, but we’ll give it a shot anyway.
How does crazy sound?
Sometimes families are crazy fun. Sometimes they’re just plain crazy and we’re still dealing with the effects.
There’s another word that we can associate with family: beautiful.
Before you tune out, hear me out. For strong families, we get this, but what about the broken ones? What about the destructive families? Where’s the beauty in those? Certainly many of us come from terrible situations. Abuse. Divorce. Estrangement. Abandonment. I could go on, but I think that’s enough. And yet, as we consider beauty in this context, my mind is drawn to the picture of God’s grace at work through the words of the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. – Isaiah 61.1-3
Isn’t this an amazing healing that God has envisioned? This healing was begun in Jesus (see Luke 4.16-19) and He wants to see it happen in our lives today. Over the next couple months we’re going to look at families from the Bible. Don’t worry, there won’t be some ideal family projected – the Bible doesn’t have one of those. Rather, we’ll see families in crisis, in tension. We’ll see heartache and restoration.
It’s going to be messy. Sounds like family. But family is a unique place to experience and extend grace as well. So here we go, on quest to find The Beauty in Our Crazy Family. I hope you’ll join us for this road trip. Hop in!
April 23 through June 18