Figuring It Out

Dear Family Members,

You each come from some sort of family system. Many of you are married now. Most of you relate with some regularity to what the culture calls “family.” Rob Bell says the most often asked question of the New Testament is, “What is family?” Jesus is relentless in his pursuit of getting us to see all people as brothers and sisters. He wants to draw the circle of family as large as possible. However, the gift of marriage still holds value among us. Seeing family as that which is constructed between a husband and wife, as well as family in everyone we meet—it is one of God's grand “both ands.” If you are growing in Christ, you are well aware that to whatever capacity you have the ability to embrace the theological complexity and simplicity of the “both ands” of God you are blessed with Spiritual growth.

This weekend is the wedding of my nephew Vince to Caroline. Vince’s father Tom, my brother in law and my good friend, has asked all the uncles to send along a message in this time of passage from one sacred place to the next. Below are my thoughts for my nephew and his bride. Please hold them up in prayer this weekend as they wed at First Baptist Church in Nashville,Tennessee.

Dear Vince,
No one has ever attempted what you are about to do. This is the first time in history that Vince has married Caroline. Never before has your extended family merged with your bride's. What you are embarking upon is “A Great Experiment.”

My prayer is that this “Great experiment” is centered in the God of your creation. The Old Testament is filled with the word “remember.” Remember you are each unique products of God’s creation in the scheme of salvation history.

Give yourself and Caroline grace. Remember we are all “just figuring it out,“ to quote Rob Bell.

Pray that you each remember to ponder the wonder in the other.

Grab a moment of awe each day when you stand in the presence of the God of Genesis who is still at work in the creative space between you and Caroline.

Still in one peace,
Uncle David J. Jensen


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