Part of the Family

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"Look out!" Alexa ducked as a football sailed over her head. Her older cousin Todd trotted past to retrieve the ball. "Sorry about that," he said with a grin as he scooped it up.

"No problem." Alexa laughed. "It missed me!"

"Want to join us?" asked Todd as he turned to run back and resume his game with several other kids.

"Later, maybe. Right now Lauren is gone to get a jump rope," Alexa replied. "We're going to have a jump rope contest."

Alexa was having a great time at their family reunion. People were everywhere--old people, young people, laughing people, quiet people, aunts and uncles, and lots of cousins. Alexa loved it! There was always someone to talk with or play with.

When Lauren came back with a jump rope, the girls enlisted some other cousins to join them. They happily played and jumped right up until lunch time.

After lunch, Alexa and another cousin watched the smaller kids while their mothers cleared tables. Alexa had fun pushing some of the little ones in the swings, helping them get drinks, and playing games with them.

When the small children were put down to take naps, Alexa looked around, trying to decide what to do next. She saw that Aunt Sara was approaching. "I saw wildflowers down at the end of this lane," said Aunt Sara. "Want to come along and have a closer look at them?" Alexa nodded eagerly.

Aunt Sara lived far away and didn't come to visit very often. But as they walked and talked, Alexa discovered that she and her aunt enjoyed many of the same things. "This family reunion is so cool," said Alexa. "There's always someone to play with and talk to."

"I'm sure your parents are always willing to take time for you, too," said Aunt Sara. "Right?" With a grin, Alexa nodded. "I imagine they're pretty busy sometimes, though," added Aunt Sara, "but don't forget--Jesus is a part of our family too, and He's always ready to help you or comfort you--even while He's helping millions of other people. Any time you turn to Him, He's right there."

Alexa smiled as she thought about that. "I sometimes forget what a good friend Jesus is!" she admitted. "I can talk to Him if everybody else in my family is busy."

How About You?
Do you sometimes feel lonely when your siblings and friends are busy? Do you feel all alone if your mom and dad go out or if your best friend can't play? Does it sometimes seem like nobody cares when you get hurt, get a bad grade--or even when something goes especially good? Jesus cares. If you're a Christian, He's part of your family. He wants to help you, comfort you, and rejoice with you. He wants to be a part of your everyday life.

Today's Key Verse:
I (God), even I, am He who comforts you. (Isaiah 51:12)

Today's Key Thought:
Jesus is always with you