People become family in different ways.
As I think about our life and where we are and where we are headed I can't help but thing about who is with us. I am speaking of family. You start creating a family nest with marriage. You have a baby with the man you marry and the three of you become a family. Your baby, the genetic "mashup" of the two of you, along with your marriage vows somehow melts the little trio together into a mess of love, irritation, sleeplessness and loyalty. What a beautiful thing that God created for us! Eventually, more kids come and then there is no turning back. This is your choice: you are a family.
But sometimes, very rarely, there are friends who become family.
Friends who love you before they’ve met you in person. They love your children, speak to them with gentle words and hold your one-year-old on their lap and rock her to sleep with pure affection at their finger tips. They laugh with you until midnight three nights in a row, invite you back even after you’ve made a mess, cook for you, understand your crankiness, and actually want to see you again. They are the ones who pray with you and hold you when life gets too tough. They are the ones who encourage you and remind you of God's love for you by their presence alone. They are the ones who would do anything for you, day or night. They are the ones who call you at 3am when you are on a road trip to make sure that you're still awake!
Your kids play together and really think that they are aunts and uncles because of the love that they feel and the example that their parents embody. You look at them while they are cleaning the kitchen and wonder if you will be friends when you older than dirt...You are sure you will. Friends like this, they open their home, their hearts and their vulnerable places to you with wholeness and say, “There hasn’t been enough time..” as you drive away. These are the friends that make your life more meaningful with each encounter and you drive away knowing that God has blessed you with their presence. These types of friends are family, and maybe family of the best kind.
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