God’s grace and peace to you this day!
This week I finished listening to a fictionalized story, based on truth, about the early adoption systems in this country (about 1930). Often in the early days children’s names were changed so that their birth parents were unable to find them. Many of those children grew up never knowing who they really were. It seems there is a deep desire in us to know who we are and how we are connected to others. Later I stumbled onto an article that spoke of all the interconnectedness of the generations that make each of us who we are. Those who are interested in genealogy realize the discoveries that can be made about our families when researching our ancestry.
Our desire to know who we are and understanding our connectedness to others is a deep theme in Scripture. The Hebrew culture of the Old Testament was a family based, interconnected culture. The Bible seems to spend a lot of words in recognizing family lines and histories. Even God’s promised Messiah was to come from a specific family heritage. We sometimes wonder why there are so many verses of “who begat whom”. In the New Testament we are reminded of the lineage of Christ and God’s connection to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I think, in part, it is God’s way of reminding us of our interconnectedness to one another and to God. It is easy for us to forget that our first and most important connection is with God. God is the one who gives us of our birthright as beloved children. We need constant reminders that we are beloved children , especially as adults or when the world tries to tell us otherwise. That certainty of knowing we are beloved children makes it more important for us to offer that love to others and to remind them of their own belovedness. We are not in this world alone, we are not made to live lives of solidarity, we are connected as brothers and sisters because of who we are and not because or what we look like or believe.
In a world that is so fractured with ways that separate us, God calls us to remember our connectedness to one another. Through a God, who is love.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
When Relatives Die They Become Our Ancestors by Kao Kalia Yang