We had a walk the other day around Gartmorn Dam in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. A three mile or so walk. A challenge for some but just a stroll for others. Our overweight Westie did some huffing and puffing at times but even he made it, although he made straight for the dog water dish before collapsing for a sleep at the Visitor Centre, when we finally arrived. A cup of tea and a scone were very welcome!
While other communities in our country’s urban sprawls struggle with finding any space without people to relax in, we in rural, and semi-rural, Scotland have had plenty of opportunities to get out in the open air and this has no doubt helped both the Covid infection rates and our mental health.
But one thing touched me during the walk, and that was that there were several family groups out for a walk. Young and old. Large and small. Having fun together, chatting, laughing, enjoying the whole experience of family life in a beautiful setting, the lake on one side and mixed woodland on the other.
God is right into families. He wants a big family, and we, amazingly, have the opportunity to join His. Ephesians 1:5 says, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” And Jesus is our elder Brother – it says in Hebrews 2:11, “So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters“.
There’s plenty of room in God’s family for more of us. It doesn’t matter how old we are, or what race we are from. It doesn’t matter what mistakes we have made, or sins we have committed. Through Jesus, God welcomes everyone regardless. If there is anyone reading this today who wants to be part of God’s family, please get in touch and we can help you choose the most important step you will ever take. You’ll never regret it. In this life or the next.