Stirred not Shaken

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29 NIV)

It’s almost here! Two days to go until Ingrid and I get married. What a wonderful occasion and the next chapter in our lives begin. I am so excited to take this next step and truly become a family.

It’s amazing the different terms that are used to describe families like ours. At one time we would have been labeled as “broken homes” or “single parent homes” and as of Friday “blended families”.

The word “Blended” has come up a lot recently and I laugh when I think of the different meanings. There are books, which we’ve read, and even movies ranging from “Yours, Mine and Ours” and the new one simply called “Blended”. Both great by the way.

First off, aren’t we all “Broken”? I mean, if we weren’t we wouldn’t need Jesus right? But didn’t Isaiah say we were “healed by His wounds”? So I guess we can check that one off.

As far as “single parent” homes this is out the window too. Obviously in two days we won’t be single families but we’ve had God filling that role since day one. He is the giver of all and provider of everything we need. He is our Heavenly Father and even though my kids have had their father in their home they NEED their Heavenly Father.

My favorite, “Blended”. At first thought of the term blended I think of a blender, dump a few ingredients in, hit a button and it chops it all up and mashes it together. That doesn’t sound like a very good process for a family. The other way I think of blending is like baking a cake. You gently stir and fold the ingredients together until it becomes a smooth silky “blend”. Sure, there are sometimes a few lumps you have to keep stirring and it takes a while and your arm can get tired doing it but the end process is absolutely fantastic.

In one of the books I’ve read it simply stated, ” Jesus had a step dad, enough said”. Hahaha I loved that statement. Jesus had step brothers, He lived in a blended family. And if you really think about it, He created the biggest blended family the world has seen. His church!

Now that’s a blended family if I’ve ever seen one. Millions of people, different races, cultures, languages, nationalities and denominations. Christ expects His church to be all unified and loving one another as brothers and sisters. How many times does Paul refer to the church as his “brothers”?

They still had disagreements and issues but Paul, like a good Pastor(spiritual father) urged them to love in the spirit of unity as one. That is where I am right now.

Praying that as this journey continues that God would give us a spirit of unity in being one family under the headship of Christ. Praying that I can be a good “spiritual father” for our family and an example of Christ love.

So Friday I am rolling up my sleeves, getting my spoon out (figuratively) and we begin stirring and BLENDING our family. We will not get discouraged with the lumps, sometimes that’s what makes it interesting. And the end process will be sweet and worth every minute.

“Lord,

Thank you so much for the honor to be able to marry Ingrid on Friday. Thank you for this family that you have brought together to blend into one. I ask you Lord to give us that spirit of unity to be an example in your world and a light to all of those around us. Help us to love selflessly and to honor each other more than ourselves.

Be with us father as we start this journey. Lead us and guide us and direct our ways. Thank you so much for the love that you have brought me and Ingrid. And thank you for her gentle and kind spirit. God please let us honor you in all that we do and to bring you glory.
In Christ name
Amen”

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