Longing to Belong

Who do you belong to? Do you know who your family is? Can you feel your longing to belong to someone, somewhere?
For some this longing feels like an ache. This ache to be included, to belong, to not be alone is a real and core longing of every soul. In this snippet of his life and ministry, Jesus invites us into a new way of seeing. Those who gather around the presence of Christ are included in his family. Listen for his words to you as you draw near.

Mark 3:31-35 NLT
Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. 32 There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”

33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

For Reflection and Prayer:
What word or phrase spoke to you as you listened/read the text?
What do you notice about Jesus in this passage?
Who are your mother/brothers/sisters?
What message do you hear God speaking to you through this text?
Take your ache to belong, to be included, to not be left alone into your prayer with Jesus. Simply sit with him and your ache, allowing his presence to minister to you as you are. You might say these words to Jesus, "I belong to You".