Family ties

Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you,for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,  – 1 Thessalonians 4: 9 -10

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The Thanksgiving holiday is about parades,  football, eating, family, and reflecting on your blessings.  When it comes to friendships, the Blumbergs are very dear to my wife and me.  Not only they, but in various parts of San Diego, California, the States and around the world, we are thankful to have friendships that are based on more than our physical or material needs.  To whom we give thanks for these blessings, is at once very profound and very simple in origin.

It is a complicated time in America and in the world for many to be thankful.  The world has witnessed a lot of suffering during the past year, but also seen blessings in new marriages, births, jobs, health, communities that draw closer together and in new spiritual beginnings.

The poor will always be with us, Jesus said.  With or without a relationship with God, homelessness, addiction, greed, abuse, and other forms of suffering exist.  But I remain thankful as I have an extended spiritual family, and a loving God, in whom I have hope and an eternal blessed future.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.  -Psalm 118: 

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