Frankie is one of Uncle Frank's 3.
I have one brother and one sister., Rodney and Rhonda.
That's all folks!
And that's both sides of my family, and only one side of Derrick's even bigger family.
Now, moving right along.....
The Krobs very much will make you feel at home. Sometimes, and this is for real, I forget that I am married into this family.They all treat me just as though I have been here with them since the beginning. I did go to C.C.D. class with Tyler, one of the cousins pictured above, and we did go to middle school together, but I wasn't close to him, and I had never met the rest of his folks. As a matter of fact....I thought Tyler was a pretty big goofball...but he has been to war twice, and has my never-ending respect and appreciation.
So, they make me feel at home. They all honestly do. They all let me in on their stories and jokes, and share family memories with me. They are of Czech origin, and so far, any time I have wanted to know anything about that, they more than willingly share their culture and family heritage with me.
Which, by the way, if you know any of the older generations of my family, it's Indian....I promise! *Wink*
Anyway, almost shouting time of the sermon.
So, all of Derrick's aunts and uncles, and cousins, as well as his parents and sister all make me feel welcome. My family welcomes him too, but his family is so much bigger, therefore have more room for diversity.
Now, I belong to another family. A bigger family. The family of God.
Don't you think that Jesus wants us to love, include, and make welcome any and all of His family?!?!?
Yeah, I really think God used December 25, 2009 to show me that there really is a bigger picture.
It's not just about loving those people related to us by blood, it's about the people related to us by His blood.
Now that was good.
Go, ahead, shout on that one.
I said, it's those related to us by His blood.
That doesn't mean forget the others, I am just saying, there is more to it than blood relatives. In our family, no matter how or who they may be, blood is thicker than water. I could call any of them at any time and get anything I need. That's how they are. That's how I am. I can say whatever I want about them, but you better not!!!
But, Jesus loves all of His children equally, and He wants us to do the same.
So what they don't believe like you do,or dress like you do, or act like you do, or have the brains like you do, or lack there-of...hehe, or have the money you do....Jesus loves everyone. And the only difference between them and me is summed up in one word:
That sure was a long story just for that one point. And it may mean nothing to anyone reading this, but it was a true, divine, revelation to me.
They will know we are Christians by our love.I want to make sure that I always remember to include everyone...Whatever you do to the least of these, my people, that you do to Me...and to always remember that I am no better than anyone else.
I am so glad that God showed me this.
I do have so much to thank Him for.