One of the Seven Last Words of Jesus which Scott addressed this last Sunday:
"Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home." John 19:25-27
Scott reminded us that as Jesus was dying on the cross, he turned to the apostle John creating an adoption of he and Mary as son and mother. As a church family, we are not genetically or biologically related but each of us is adopted into the existing church family. And we certainly hope that those adoptions grow every month and year!
I think that the challenge for those of us who consider Carmel UMC to be our church family, we hold the responsibility to make sure that...
- newly adopted individuals are welcomed with open arms and love
- newly adopted individuals are intentionally embraced and challenged to connect and grow and serve
- newly adopted individuals find this to be a friendly, compassionate and encouraging home
This pertains to families, adults, children, youth...all who come to consider adoption to Carmel UMC.
So the question that we are left to consider individually...
- how do I as a person who is a part of this family live out this calling
- seeing someone new, do you go to them and introduce yourself and hold a conversation to discover any connections you may have
- seeing someone new, do you ask to discover what they are looking for to connect with the church family and
- seeing someone new, do you sit with them in worship so they are not isolated and alone
- seeing children or youth you may not know, do you smile at them and even engage them in conversation and encourage them
I am sure that this is what Jesus hoped for his Mother as she was adopted by John.
Rev. Patti Napier