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Topic: The Family Reunion (06/05/08)
TITLE: The Black Sheep Of The Family
By Kim Clendenin
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It is a big deal with such a large family. And everyone is having a wonderful time. Except me. I sit alone on the sidelines watching all the activities pass me by. I am totally ignored. I guess you could say I’m the black sheep of the family. No one notices me. No one talks to me. No one involves me in any of their activities. They are all ashamed of me, so I stay to myself most of the time.
I watch as they all laugh and talk. Sometimes I just can’t help myself and I try to join in, but they don’t want to hear anything I have to say and the group quickly disperses as if I have the plague.
Sighing I turn to watch the games in progress. I love to play games. I would so love to join them, but like the child that’s always picked last; I’m not picked at all.
I turn my attention to the story teller. She is telling stories to the youngest children in the family. Oh I would be so good at that! I have lots of stories I could share. But when I offered I was told, “Not now.”
I love them so much, but they don’t seem to care about me at all. I’m left all alone. That’s the way it is with a handicapped person. I won’t force myself on them and make them feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. I understand their feelings and I forgive them.
I tried to play with little Sally, but even she was afraid she would lose her friends if she played with me.
It’s ok though. I am very patient. Someday they will understand that I am the creator of all things, including fun and laughter. I’m still working on them, slowly, carefully, perfectly transforming their hearts. And then I will no longer be the black sheep of the family. I want to be more than a mere family member. I want to be their best friend. I want to be included in their every day activities. If they only knew, I would be the best friend they ever had. I am loyal, giving, supportive, protective, generous and a good listener.
I’m not some mean task master, waiting to wield a whip. I came so that they could have life and enjoy it abundantly. I started a good work in them as my children and I will fulfill it. I also promised I would never leave them or forsake them. I keep my promises. This they will learn as they mature.
“Wait!!” Jesus said with excitement. “Could it be? Yes, Granny is calling me to join her! She has gathered a group of great grandchildren around her and is about to tell them a story. She has asked me to help her teach it with understanding. It’s a funny one too. About the time one of my disciples asked where we would get the money to pay for the taxes. I decided to have some fun with him and I sent him to catch a fish. I told him there would be a coin in the fish’s mouth. You should have seen the look on his face! It was so funny. But he had trusted me. And when the others asked him what he was about, he was not ashamed to tell them my strange request. He believed in me and followed me. Oh what fun we had. We were such good friends. Granny and I will tell this story together with fun and excitement in such a way that the children will always remember it!”
I’m not the black sheep of the family with Granny. We’re best friends.
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