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Celebrating family

Pastor Darryl Miller  

Sand Lake UMC, 65 W. Maple, Sand Lake

South Ensley UMC, 13600 Cypress, Ensley Township

 

As I am writing this, we are preparing for our upcoming camp. Each year our two churches go camping together at what we call “Family Camp.” This is a wonderful time of fellowship and celebration of God’s wondrous creation. It is called family camp because all our church family comes together. The great thing is that many of those there have long since left the area for jobs or other reasons. Some came as children but as adults no longer attend our churches. Others are friends of former campers who continue to come even though their friends have passed on. In other words, it is a true family; people from all over who come together and love each other.

There is a good lesson in this. I love to work with people from other denominations, remembering that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Who better to share the wonders of God’s handiwork with than your family? All walks of people, all different views, all children of the living God sharing time and fun together. What kind of world would we have if we could do this every day! Recognizing each other not as “those people who go to that other church” but as fellow heirs to God’s kingdom—a true family.

Hey, let’s face it. In my family, we don’t all get along all the time, but we do love each other. Yes, sometimes we have different opinions and ideas but we are still family. And that is how God made us. We love to sit on the dunes and share communion as the sun sets over Lake Michigan. This is something that we, the children of God, have in common. And this brings all of us together. Mike Warnke once said, “we will all be on the same side eventually, so why not start now?” He was talking about the divisions in the churches. But when God’s people come together, amazing things happen! Share a meal with your family (not just at Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving) and remember that your neighbors are family, too!

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