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Family ties

Family ties

Something to read

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.

- Ephesians 3:14.

Something to think about

If you want a snapshot of the diversity of names that exists in your community, try going to an All Soul’s service or similar memorial where lists of those to be remembered are read aloud. Even in a settled, rural village in Cornwall, I’ve found myself learning to pronounce names with origins all over the world. Sometimes people know the history behind their ancestors’ names, but sometimes it has been lost to memory.

Paul presents God as the Father of all living things: the source of every nation, the origin of every language, the beginning of every history. In some families, God’s foundational role has been long consigned to oblivion. In others, his name is recognised and carried with joy. But whether known or not, God is the wellspring of life for all.

In the context of Ephesians, this point is particularly significant, as Paul expounds the reconciling of Gentiles and Jews through Christ. He describes them as ‘you who were far off and…those who were near’ respectively. But in truth neither group were strangers to the God who has always been for them Creator and Sustainer; as they came together in Christ, that reality became visible once again.

Something to do

Reflect on your own family history with God: were there other generations before you with faith, or did you come to it on your own? You might like to chat to someone of another generation in your family about their faith story and yours.


Something to pray

God of all generations, thank you that you have always been part of my family’s story, whether or not you were known. Help me to find my identity as your child, beloved and belonging. Amen.


Today’s contributor is Rev Claire Jones