A Second Family

by Upper Room Editorial on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I think my love of music comes from my parents because music always played in the background of our home. Certain songs bring memories of holidays, summer cookouts, celebrations, and even sad times, like the death of my grandmother.

My husband loves music too. So it is no wonder that our children have developed their own love of music. Our tastes include a broad range of music, and it’s not unusual for us to introduce each other to new artists.  

Just like I wouldn’t like to live without music, I can’t imagine life without the love and support of family and friends, especially those in the body of Christ.

Visiting a friend’s church makes me think about our need for each other. It’s a small congregation, but the service flows smoothly as each person fulfills different roles. The most beautiful part of the service comes at the end, when the pastor calls everyone to the altar for communion. The intimacy of the moment remains with me long after the benediction. Yes, they are fellow worshipers, but more than that they are family.

The service makes me think of my family. Some of my immediate family live away from our hometown, but most of them are only hours away from my parents. However, my family and I reside across the country and far from everyone else.

I still remember those homesick feelings when I first moved, and the nerves of attending a new church’s service for the first time. When we arrived early for our first visit, we needed to wait to enter the sanctuary. A gentleman stopped to greet us and welcome us to the church. When the service started, we were surprised that the gentleman was actually the pastor. We loved everything about the service and came back several more times before we joined.

Today, our church membership is 26,000 and counting. Sometimes when I think of that number, I have a hard time believing that it is true. This large congregation feels like a close family to me. And volunteering at church is how I found a sense of family and true fellowship.

The different ministries provide opportunities to get involved, meet other members, and learn about the church and surrounding community. I am thankful for these auxiliaries. Working alongside others to reach a common goal shows me the importance of coming together and supporting each other, no matter how large or small the project.

Yes, I continue to miss my family, but my church family fills the void. Friends from Sunday School and small groups are like my brothers and sisters. Some of the women in the missions department seem like surrogate mothers, and a couple of the deacons have taken on surrogate father roles.

It’s comforting to know that I can call my parents and have them pray with me over the phone. But having a brother or sister in Christ hug me or put their hands on me and pray for me can’t be compared.

To hit a rough spot and know that I can call someone to help me brings comfort like nothing else. And over the years, this reliability has reflected the true beauty of family. 

- Dorothea Love

Check out Dorothea's blog, www.dorothealove.wordpress.com.

8 Comments

Comment by Judy of Hershey, PA

I love both of your writings for today, and then I went to your blog and read through even more of what you've written. You're a beautiful inspiration and have been given a wonderful gift for encouraging others. I've bookmarked your "Living Water" and will be returning regularly to be uplifted by the spiritual insights that God is giving to you. God bless you, woman of great faith who is full of love for others.

Posted April 18, 2017 at 04:50AM CDT
Comment by Ozzie of Point Pleasant, WV

Thank you so much for sharing...you are correct there is no family like our church family. Having them there in times of need and in times of fulfillment makes it wonderful knowing they care for us. God Bless you and your family...and your church.

Posted April 18, 2017 at 04:56AM CDT
Comment by Edd of Ocala, FL

Dorothea, you are so correct when family loved ones aren't around it is so great to have the church family to talk to and lift us up. God is Love for All!!!

Posted April 18, 2017 at 06:25AM CDT
Comment by patricia of laurelton, NY

Thank you Dorothea, this brings it very close to me. My family is across the oceans but our church family is close by and we can count on. It is very good,encouraging and loving when God's children meet together and worship Him with one accord. Praise God. Amen. Have a blessed and lovely day.๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒป๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ˜Š

Posted April 18, 2017 at 06:48AM CDT
Comment by Joanne of Bowie, MD

I enjoyed your writing today. I moved from Texas to New Jersey and it was a difficult move. We were lucky to find a church home right away. Then we moved to MD and we attended about 10 churches before we joined the church we are in now for 25 years. Moving away from family is hard but having a good church home and family helps.

Posted April 18, 2017 at 06:54AM CDT
Comment by Dorothea of Los Angeles, CA

Thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts on my blog. I'm so blessed to have a loving church family, and I'm glad to see that so many of you do too!! I pray that God will continue to bring His children together in love. Have a blessed day and know that I am thanking our Lord for each of you! -Dorothea

Posted April 18, 2017 at 09:01AM CDT
Comment by Vickie of Knoxville, TN

Keep writing. I can visualize an orchestra playing together in perfect harmony when reading your words. Stay at it. You are such a blessing and an encouragement for us. I love you and I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!!

Posted April 19, 2017 at 06:15AM CDT
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