My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. -Luke 8:21b
I have been blessed. I am privileged to be able to pray for the body of Christ, of which I am part.
As I began to lift up my precious church family this morning, I was overwhelmed with a sense of joy. As I mentioned each name, a face appeared in my mind's eye, of a loving brother or sweet-natured sister. Of their families; husbands, wives, children and grandchildren.
What a diversity we have within our small numbers, and each of them a blessing from God. How much poorer would my life be had not my God called me, redeemed me and made me his child, a joint-heir with Christ. And placed me in the midst of this blessed family.
How alone in the world and lonely without the love and encouragement and fellowship of these saints. How could I begin to serve and follow Christ without their prayers, which God has ordained since from before time.
As He has my own prayers for each of them. How blessed am I to be called to plead with God on their behalves. And as I do so, to recall each of them to mind, the wonderful times we have shared together in the Lord.
I am blessed.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for this family in Christ, even those whom I will not meet until your kingdom comes.
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, -Philemon 1:4