St. Andrew's UMC
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
A Friendly, Caring Church
Thanksgiving was a blessing in so many ways , not the least of which was spending time with my nephews Nick and Holland, both of whom live in Atlanta. Holland, as you can see, has clearly inherited an obvious Padgham trait: height. Nearly 6’7” and still growing, he makes even his 6’3 ½” father look short in comparison. At 5’8 ½” myself, he towers over me.
I suspect height is only one of the traits Holland inherited from my brother, whose own height clearly comes from our mom and dad. If you know my mom and my brothers, his love of sports will come as no surprise, either. One can only imagine, however, if Holland and Nick, Veronica and Jennifer discuss behind clothes doors how crazy their parents are, and how absolutely zany are mine! It’s safe to say that no matter which side they explore, there are a few surprises and, to be honest, a few “nuts” in our interesting family tree, all of whom contribute in ways great and small to the people we are today.
Could the influence of family be one of the reasons both Matthew and Luke include Jesus’ genealogy in their Gospels? Did he have his mother’s hair color? His grandfather’s laugh? His uncle’s appetite? Did his family tell stories around the dinner table? Play games on cold, winter nights? Were there people they hoped would go out-of-town for the holidays and others they hoped would never leave? Did Jesus draw strength from knowing his ancestors included women who were not Jewish, and one a prostitute, to boot?
Could it be that we read of the long list of people included in Jesus’ family in order to see that he, too, had characters with unsavory reputations, people of strength and people of weakness, people to imitate and people to avoid in an ally on a dark night?
I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for the people to whom I’m related. I might not want to invite them all to a dinner party, but I’m grateful for them nonetheless.
And, I’m thankful that our Savior, Jesus of Nazareth, was one of us…with a few surprises in his own family tree. It’s further proof that despite his magnificence and power, God gets us. Consequently, we can get Him. Thanks be to God!
See you in church,