Orcieres, Southern-France 08/01/09 (Dawie)

I still believe that one of God’s very specific strategies was the family. This is undoubtedly a part of “church” that we have neglected in the past 50 years.
A friend of mine on a question:” How will we change Africa?”, answered:”one by one”
I want to add” family by family”.

As parent I am convinced that I should be more deliberate to invest in my children individually. All 3 boys are so completely different. They need attention in the group, but most definitely also individually.

I am deep under the impression that Chrisna and I have a unique privilege to live so close to Tinus, Charlie and Dawie J for 40 weeks while we are travelling the world. We realize that it brings huge responsibilities as well.

Even in Jesus deepest time of pain and despair He demonstrated the importance of family.(John 19:26-27 :” When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved nearby, he said to His mother, ”Dear woman here is your son” and to the disciple “Here is your mother”. From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”)

1 comment:

  1. I was reading your post and often what God does physically in our lives has a very strong spiritual parallel. The human gestation period is approximately 40 weeks after which the baby will then breath independently for the first time. I believe that the period of 40 weeks you and your family spend travelling will spiritually be very similar to the physical gestation period. This is the time you will develop and grow in every area as a family and as individuals, your (spiritual) ears, your (spiritual) eyes etc as God takes you through this period as a family, protecting you in this period as a baby is protected in the womb - but yet allowing incredible individual growth for each of you. Psalm 103 speaks of us being crowned with loving kindness and tender mercy - by extension this loving-kindness means the same as favour and the tender mercy the psalmist speaks about is the same mercy that the womb shows toward the baby as it is cherished during growth. Enjoy the 40 week gestation journey!