Today’s Readings: Psalm 62; Zechariah 1:7-17; Matthew 12:43-50; Revelation 1:4-20
While most folks are familiar with the notion of the phrase “biological family”, many outside the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community are not familiar with the phrase “family of choice”. The phrase arose because many members of the LGBT community have either been disowned or ignored by their biological families. As a result, many members of the LGBT community create an intimate group of friends around themselves that functions much life a family. Hence, they become one’s family of choice.
While some may think of this as a distortion of the word, one would be mistaken to assume the word family has only one meaning. In today’s passage from Matthew, for instance, we have a passage whereby Jesus himself redefines the notion of family (“the person who obeys my heavenly Father’s will is my brother and sister and mother” – Matthew 12:50 from The Message).
So how would you define family? Whatever form the word family takes for you, I would invite you to take time today and give thanks for your family. Til next time…