Family drama

When children become adults, everyone’s role in the family changes slightly. But God understands this shift intimately, shares Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr.

Glenn Burris Jr.
Glenn Burris Jr.

Changing family dynamics can present opportunity. They also can be painful and uncomfortable to navigate.

The story of a wedding in which Jesus turned water into wine gives us a peek at Jesus’s own changing family dynamic (John 2:1-12). This event marked Jesus’s public embrace of His ministry, His acceptance of the events to unfold and His acceptance of God’s plan for His ministry and life.

This passage also shows Mary’s role change from exclusively Jesus’s mother to His follower and disciple.

Many families struggle with their children becoming adults—but parents of adult children must support their kids finding their path and ministries. Likewise, adult children must find a way to continue to respect their parents while making their own way.

If you are in the middle of a similar transition, know that you are not alone. In fact, the God of the universe knows very intimately the struggle you are experiencing.

Reflect + Pray

1. Is your family unit changing in any way? Pray about ways you can nurture and encourage healthy growth.

2. Church families grow and change as well with the passage of time. Ask the Lord to make you sensitive to any changes happening in your congregation (e.g., youth becoming young adults), and to help you look for new opportunities for those who are in flux.

3. Lift up the volunteer leaders, teachers and ministry workers who keep churches running smoothly all summer. Pray for their lives to be enriched and blessed in their service.

4. Pray for Foursquare’s Disaster Relief teams, who serve in times of crisis. Ask God to bless and mobilize this ministry, and for energy and wisdom for its leaders.

Share your thoughts. See comments below, and add your own.

is president of The Foursquare Church.
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