Home Team Concepts - Materials for the Road
Family. It is a word that brings a sense of peace and calm to the soul or a sense of dread. It is a word that can cause us to wince or to wink with a deep sense of God’s grace and blessing. It can be argued that nothing shapes us more as human beings than the homes we grow up in. Nothing. We live in an age where there is much fluctuation and confusion regarding the home and the family. Some worship the nuclear family as if a return to Leave it to Beaver land would solve all of our world’s problems. Others disregard biblical teaching on the family as if home life had no divine design or intention. We tell ourselves a family is whatever you make of it and we have reaped the whirlwind. We tell ourselves that any configuration of humans is just as good as any other while the ache of the soul in fracture and isolation sings its dirge.
God has been infinitely kind to set the solitude in families. He has a purpose for singleness, marriage and children with all being part of one larger family of faith. Each of us had the opportunity to shape one another’s lives and impart grace and truth to the next generation. At Jacob’s Well we are rooting for the home team: singles, husbands, wives, moms and dads as well as all the little shorties in between.