When a Sense of Family is Absent

Families are supposed to be there to celebrate with us during happy times and offer support when needed.  But what if you don’t have that kind of family?     
No family can maintain endless harmony. Hurt feelings or squabbles are bound to happen at some point. But some of my friends grew up in unhealthy environments where they experienced physical, verbal, or emotional abuse. For their survival, a few have laid down boundaries and limited their involvement. Others have chosen to cut all ties and avoid any communication.

That kind of severe action is painful. They may grieve and yearn for what could have been—should have been—but will never be.

If you’re in that kind of situation, what can you do? Or … if you have a loving family, but live so far away, you aren’t able to participate in their daily lives or get-togethers?

To feel a sense of family, realize that you don’t need to be connected by blood. 

While attending college, my roomies and I created a family of our own. We checked in on each other, cared about what was happening in each other’s lives, and sometimes we ate and played together. People involved in common causes, interests, or regular volunteer opportunities can sometimes connect in ways that begin to feel like family.

Remember … you’re a child of God. You will always have a heavenly Father ready to wrap his arms around you. He’s there to celebrate with you during times of success and joy, and he’s there to comfort during the tough times.

If you’re a Christian, you also have a family of brothers and sisters in the church who want to love and support you. But you have to be willing to seek them out and allow them access to your life.

On the flip side, those who have loving families can look for opportunities to welcome others and make them feel at home.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers”  (Gal. 6:10 NIV).

None of us should feel alone … Embrace those who may need a “sense of family.” You’ll be amazed at the blessings you not only offer, but receive.


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