God graciously brings people into our lives who are not blood-related, but who are related by perhaps the bonds of Christ, the bonds of shared experiences, the bonds of love.
I am reminded of the story of Ruth. Beautiful Ruth who loved her mother-in-law Naomi--who stuck by her because she loved her. Who considered her family and followed her to where her family was. Who the Lord so graciously grafted into Naomi's family line with the marriage of Boaz, her kinsman-redeemer. And this, this beautiful verse:
"Then Naomi took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him. The women living there said, 'Naomi has a son.' " ~Ruth 4:16-17
Naomi has a son. After her husband and two sons died, and she called herself "Mara" or "bitter" because of the circumstances of her life, God redeemed the situation and gave Naomi a son through her distant relative Boaz, and her daughter in law Ruth. And she laid him in her lap and cared for him. Beautiful!
And when our friends, who are like family...who *are* family... come to our house--we hug and kiss them and tell them we love them, and we really mean it...we don't take it for granted.
And they love on our kids like they are theirs and we do the same to their children.
And God has blessed us with family here, though they are not blood-related.
And He is so good and kind to us for bringing us all into His family.