Thought of the Week 2 February 2020

Anglican Mothers Union Australia

Friends and family

We often feel a failure if we don’t get 20 birthday cards or have a group of school friends which has met every week for 60 years. And even more of a failure if our family implodes. Whatever we feel about family and friends we know that Jesus held them in short regard to those who were his TRUE family. Jesus replied, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Matt

12:48a-50. And his friends all deserted him. Let us thank God for friends and

family and  be true members of Christ.

Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than ones nearest kin.  Proverbs 18:24

An Australian priest said the Mothers’ Union brought him up. When his mother was ill, members tended the children for months. Thus the seeds were laid for his faith. He experienced family and friendship in the church and he subsequently spent his life in service and friendship of God’s church and his people .