Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.

         “Whoever does the will of God          is my brother and sister and mother.”                    —Mark 3.35

Forget family, he says, forget blood and house and inheritance, identity and loyalty and honor.

It is not blood, but the desire to do God's will that makes us kin,

I and the stranger, the opponent, the foreigner.

These are my own, in the streets and marketplaces, for whom I care as deeply as my sister, brother or mother, for whom I would do anything, share everything?

What accidental betrayal is then at hand, what unforeseen dishonor? How many chances to be unfaithful, to fail my duty,

to be blessed, to be known, to belong after all?

__________________ Weather Report

Kinship, continuing despite passing conditions, thick fog obscuring that all the branches are of one tree.

Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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