A family for everyone

Bible Reading: Read Isaiah 46:3-4
Author: Aaron Tanner (Alabama, US)
Friday 2 November 2018 © The Upper Room.
I have Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism that makes social inter- actions difficult. My condition would make it hard for me to support a wife and family in the way I would want to. As a result, I decided it was best that I remain single. But one concern that used to keep me up at night was: ‘Who will take care of me when I am old and can no longer care for myself?’

One day I was encouraged when I came across the psalm quoted above. Families do not have to be related by blood but can be united by a common goal, as with the body of Christ. We can’t always rely even on blood relations, but we can depend on our family who is united in Christ. 

This verse assures us that God provides us with support through friends and, more importantly, a church family. In the course of his min- istry, Paul, who was single, often expressed gratitude for the ways that different church members provided for his needs at all stages of his life.

Prayer: Compassionate God, thank you for giving us the opportunity to belong to a kind and loving family. Amen
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Fantastic! I’m so thrilled by God’s goodness that He has brought about such a wonderful way of communicating His love and Gospel to Deaf people. I’m convinced God will use it to His glory and that it will be an effective means of nurturing Deaf Christians for whom church and the Bible is often difficult. You can be assured of my prayers in asking our Father to use these means to reach Deaf people who would never dream of entering a church building. KS