February 27, 2018
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Mark 3: 31-35

. . . Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.

Family is defined in different ways, but in its deepest sense, I think family means belonging. We send our DNA away in an effort to know with whom we belong. We join clubs or organizations to be with people like us, and we can keep the “nonbelongers” out with walls and fences and closed doors.

Whom does Christ call our family? Who belongs and who does not? We are all born in the mind of God, and we are all called to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Christ calls our family anyone who does the “will of God.”

And just what is the “will of God?” I believe the will of God is love. Love God and love your neighbor. During Advent, let our first response be love.

(c) 2018 Joan Curtis

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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