Every once in awhile I get to "celebrate" a family member. I bring out the celebrate plate,
pour some sparkling grape juice in fancy glasses, light some candles and the special guest brings his or her favorite item to the table as the "centerpiece" and tells about it. Each person around the table says one thing they like best about that person. Lots of activities could be added to the evening...songs or stories, special food prepared, prayers prayed, etc.
Let me tell you, after the dinner is all said and done, the special guest feels very loved. You can tell by the sparkle in their eyes, the smile on their face and the quietness about them as they listen to each family member take their turn to love on them. Their whole demeanor changes.
We had a special evening the other night:
During it, I asked Vitaliy what he liked best about America.
In one word he immediately replied..
MELT MY HEART!!!
Reminds me of my adoption by God.
" 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." Galatians 4:6-7
The other day I heard a new believer say she was so excited to not be alone anymore...she now had a family! She was beaming from ear to ear!
Do you hear Him? Jesus is calling you! Come into the family of God!
" As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me"