The St Paul's Way - Family and Friends

posted Sep 6, 2016, 2:10 AM by Kirsty O'Grady
One of the weekly Healthy Habits is Family and Friends. I, like many others, have a great connection with parents, sisters, brothers, extended family and friends. The people we are close to contribute to who we are and help shape the people we become. 

My father is a widower now, lives alone, he is 87 years old and in poor health. I visit him at least 6 days a week. I clean and do the garden as he is unable to do these things, although he can still cook for himself at the moment. However, the most important part about visiting someone who lives alone is to talk and listen to them. With dad I do try to make sure he does all the talking as he just loves to talk. I don’t visit dad out of a sense of duty, I do this out of love for him. As 1 Corinthians 13:7 reminds us about love ‘7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.’ 

My husband is the biggest influence in my life. I have been blessed he is a terrific man. I love him dearly and thank God that He gave Kevin to me. What a wonderful gift God has given me. 

Friends are also important to me. I have made some great friends at St Paul’s. I have been warmly welcomed at Happy Mondays, Sofa and Extended Worship Gathering. These groups have helped my circle of friends grow and I have met people who are as eager as I am in the pursuit of God and His holy word. These friends are strengthening my faith and I thank them for that. I guess by attending the weekly groups we come together as an extended part of our family units. Yet another great gift from God. 

So this week think about or visit your family and friends as you share hope, faith and real friendship with them all. 

Colossians 3:12-14 sums up how we should relate to each other and how our love can grow as we follow the guidance God has provided for us: ‘12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.’ 

Best wishes, Felicity