“The Spirit himself testifies
with our spirit that we are God's children.” – Romans 8:16, NIV
Kathy was an illegitimate
child. She was the product of an affair that her mother had with a married man.
Because Kathy was born in the early 40s to an unwed mother, her birth was
considered shameful. She was sent to live with her mother’s cousin’s family.
Although she was raised with
kids her own age, Kathy was always treated differently. On her birthdays, there
was no celebration. When holidays came, there were no gifts for the little
girl. She would stand on the front porch and peer into the house, watching as
the other children enjoyed Christmas presents and delicious treats.
Years later, Kathy started a
toy drive. She spent every holiday season gathering gifts for foster children.
Her heart ached to pour out love to kids who had been abused, neglected, and
Like Kathy discovered, family
traditions can be painful. They can leave us feeling like we’re not accepted or
that we’re unloved. But if you have accepted Jesus into your life, you are a
child of God. You’re part of a family where everyone is seen, loved, and
God, please comfort me when my earthly family rejects and
hurts me. Remind me again that I’m part of Your family and that You love me
deeply, passionately, and completely. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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