By Deanna Beckner (Guest Services Director at Camp Alexander Mack (IN))
Ephesians 1:1-10 “…to bring all things under heaven and on earth under one head…”
As I sit here humming “Come Together” by The Beatles, I think about the blessing of being a part of God’s family—how we all come together through Jesus. Paul, in his poetic start to his letter to the church in Ephesus, written while in jail, communicates that with love, God had already predestined everyone to be heirs to the holy kingdom, joint heirs with Jesus. Jews and Gentiles, you, me, and everyone has a place at the table with God. Jesus, the Messiah, died on the cross and brought the gift of unity to all, fulfilling God’s plan. From suffering came forgiveness and grace! We are so blessed.
Thanks be to God for revealing the mystery of his will and for choosing us, long before we were even put on this earth, to be connected so deeply.
Good News: We have an undeniable and incredible connection to the family of God because of Jesus!
Discussion Question: With this amazing gift unifying everyone, how can we connect with each other more? We are all a part of the family of God, after all. How do you feel unity with those around you? With your neighbors around the world? You are not alone.
Go one step further: Think of three people you know who live very close to you or with you, and then think of three people who live far away from you, preferably family, friends, or people you have taken time to get to know at least a little bit. Reflect for a moment on who each person is and how you know each of them. Now ask yourself, “What connects all of us?” and “How has God been a part of these relationships?” As you are able to dedicate time, consider writing each a message or letter through any platform, phone, email, postal mail, etc.Thank them for their connection to you and to God. Let them know how blessed you are that you are siblings in the family of God together! May you feel a bit closer to each person regardless of physical location, and may you feel God’s guidance and love, now and always.
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