Family Reunion (Chapter 1, page 1 of 63)

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Chapter 1

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians, 3:14-19

Charleen closed her Bible, said a prayer and then lifted herself from where she was kneeling by the side of her bed. She read a Bible verse every morning and thanked God for giving her another day of life. But on this morning, more than on any other, she also prayed for strength, patience and understanding. She would need His help to get through the next few days. The verse she had just read seemed to perfectly address her worries, and also strengthen her hope that her prayers would finally be answered. She stared out of her open bedroom window and up into the big elm tree. She closed her eyes and listened to the songs from the family of robins that lived high up in the limbs. She thought how wonderfully simple their lives were. No worries of constant bickering or secrets so dark that they could tear a family apart. Their only concerns were how beautiful they could make their joyous melodies before the sun set. But then again, even baby birds eventually grew up and left the nest. She wondered if the mother bird would feel that same empty void after her chicks were gone. The loud buzz from her alarm clock startled her. It was seven o'clock and time to get dressed.

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