There was a long hallway in our home that lead to the back section of the house. My wife, Sue, had made the blank walls into a corridor of cherished mementos. The walls were adorned with things like grandparents’ marriage licenses, diplomas, pictures, newspaper articles, poems and art work from grandchildren, and other family treasures.
It was a joy to see family members stop for a moment and smile before they move on. We often shared family history and events that relate to some of these keepsakes. These shared memories are strands that are woven into the tapestry of our lives and make us strong. They help hold our family together.
The breakdown of family units, members being estranged from each other, and the rising tide of divorce is alarming. This situation is paralleled by domestic violence, child abuse, multiple kinds of addiction, and a dramatic increase in suicide rates. Without solid family ties, our culture is experiencing social disintegration. Without loved ones who know who we are and where we come from, our society is coming apart at the seams.
As important as healthy family ties are, there is another anchor for people that is even more important. It is our relationship with the Lord. When we are a part of God’s family through the new birth, we can weather the storms of life. With God’s grace and mercy, we are able to live successfully through circumstances that so often tear people apart. God’s word assures us of His love. He promises that we stay on His heart and in His mind. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! (16) See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me” (Isaiah 49:15-16, NIV).
Being a part of God’s family helps hold our earthly families together. I am thankful each day for family, Sue’s Memory Walls, and especially for belonging to God’s family. Bill Gaither says it beautifully in the song “Family of God”: “I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God. I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood! Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, For I’m part of the family, the family of God.” Are you a part of God’s family? You can be. Just ask Him.
Prayer: May all who read this devotional be on the walls of God’s heart.
~ Brother Roy