“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God'”. Ruth 1:16
Family matters. It matters to God, so it should matter to us. Family is a prominent theme throughout scripture. Yet, family brings with it struggles and challenging situations. Some of our most unique challenges come in the form of blended families and in-laws.
I can remember my mother telling us as children that we didn’t have to like each other, but we did have to learn to get along. And she probably followed it up with the phrase, “blood is thicker than water”. In other words, we were blood relatives and that bonded us in a special way; a way that was different from friendships.
But what about our non-blood family members? They seem to fall into their own category. We choose our friends. We cannot choose our family, but they’re blood and it’s different. And then we have those who fall into the category of being neither blood nor chosen. Instead they were thrust upon us and here we are…one big happy…or maybe not so happy…family! So now what?
God has some things to say about our blended families and in-laws. And He has some definite ideas of how we should treat one another. Sunday we will tackle the challenge of non-blood relatives and attempt to answer the question…is blood really thicker than water?