It is good to be home even if it was great to see folk I knew stateside and to meet many new folk as well.
I was in some wonderful churches. It was also great to spend time with my brother. Family is an important and essential part of my life. My brother can be a challenge to live with, some days it can be one of Cain and Abel and others, literally Jonathan and David. There are days I would as soon murder the lad as put up with him and days we are best mates for life and to the very end I suppose.
I’ll confess, I’m looking forward to him coming for a visit this summer.
But as important as my brother is my immediate family here in Brechin is the one that I was missing the most, the one I wanted to return to at the end of the journey. To be with Ruth and the girls and see my son was so very important to me and one big reason I had to get back, one of the reasons that this trip was short compared to the ones last year. I’m a family person at the end of the day.
Family, the foundation of society and the first union of God’s original creation as He put Adam and Eve together and made the case that a man should leave his father and mother and be united with his wife as one. I guess that is what made me want to return home to be with my family that God has blessed me with. And after almost 32 years of marriage I guess it is where I feel most comfortable.
Growing up though there was another dimension to family for me that this last trip reminded me of. That family is not always just flesh and blood.
As I met up with some friends in various places it was as if I was meeting up with extended family, brothers and sisters that though, in some cases, it had been years since we’d met up face to face those years just fell away and we picked up right where we’d left off.
So what was the bond that drew us together? Well I find a truth in several scriptures, but Galatians 4:4-7 is what came to mind as I thought about it. “But when the fullness of time had come, God send for His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts crying out. ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son and if a son then an heir of God through Christ.”
So it was that common Spirit of God that lives in our lives that draws us together across the miles, across the years to a place of not just fellowship but a sense of family since in common we call God our ‘Abba, Father’.
And thankfully I have others that are part of my extended ‘family’ here in Brechin that make it good to be back and enjoy their company. So here is hoping it is a fair while before I have to make that journey again.
Glad to be back.