When two of my grandparents died within 10 days of each other in 1987, my mother must have asked, “What do people do who don’t have church families?” 13 times. Someone brought food. Someone else watched our house during the funeral… just in case. Someone offered to take Mom out to walk, talk and cry. Others would nudge me as the years passed and I did something special in church and would say, “Your grandmother is smiling down on you today,” because they were a part of our church family and knew just how she loved being a part of three generations of Venables in church.
Who is your faith family? Who sees to your needs? Who comforts you when you are bereft and celebrates with you when you are on top of the world? Maybe you’ve found a religious community already, and if you have, I compel you to think about who might need to be invited through those doors. What young kid might be looking for a place to share his talents? What teenager might need a “chosen grandparent” who has more time to listen than a busy parent might? What older person needs a place to ask questions and wrestle with the mysteries of faith? Who’s going to be having their 90th birthday at your place of worship many years from now, just because you invited them in?
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