Friday, December 17, 2010
Whose In Your Family Tree?
The Gospel for today is the genealogy of Jesus. For a long time I struggled with this Gospel passage. I guess I didn't know how to reflect on it. However, in recent years, it has begun to hold deep meaning in my life. As reflect on Jesus' genealogy, I realize that it is filled with the great ancestors and the not so great. The Gospel writer includes them all. Each ancestor is an important part of Jesus' history. It helps me reflect on my family tree. There are those in my family tree who were a gift and added so much to my family and then there are those who were a challenge and caused great struggle. It is easy to focus on the "good" ones and forget about the ones that were a challenge. Yet, each person in my family tree is a part of my story, a story that is part of the Story. I encourage you to reflect on your family tree and give thanks for each person that has been a part of your story. Many of them you never met and yet they helped shape your family. I give gratitude for the family that God chose to give me. The gifts and the struggles are all a part of my story, a story still being told by God.