Before this clip above, the family runs from the televisions, grabs food, and then runs and sits down again. Watching it may have made a few of us feel guilty for the times we have spent our meals being entertained professionally rather than enjoying the relationships that we have, but I think the message was a good one. We are built for relationship and even though it may seem easier to check out of family and check into television and entertainment, those avenues are false places of rest. They may fill a short term desire and give instant gratification, but relationships are more enduring and fulfill a deeper sense of purpose for which we are designed.
The Blind Side illustrates how a family can spend time together, but what was great about Sunday night is that we were gathered together not by blood, but by one Spirit, the Spirit of God, as one Body, the Body of Christ. The bond that united us as family for that Thanksgiving meal was the eternal oneness that we experience in communion with Jesus Christ and one another. I'm so thankful for not having to walk my faith alone, or even with just my family at home, but with so many other brothers and sisters in Christ as we all gather together as a spiritual family. Thank you to everyone for just being there.
"Oh how good, and oh how pleasant, it is with the brethren dwell together, in unity."