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Family Tree

 

For this is the original message we heard: We should love each other.  We must not be like Cain, who joined the Evil One and then killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because he was deep in the practice of evil, while the acts of his brother were righteous. So don’t be surprised, friends, when the world hates you. This has been going on a long time.  The way we know we’ve been transferred from death to life is that we love our brothers and sisters. Anyone who doesn’t love is as good as dead. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know very well that eternal life and murder don’t go together. ~ 1 John 3:11-15, MSG

 

 

Most genealogies aren’t totally traceable
Neither on maternal nor paternal side.
Bloodline descendants’ often detectable
Unappealing trait is fondness to hide
Their desired thick as thieves’ intimacy
Like it’s a Machiavellian conspiracy.

Partiality is the name of their game—
Relatives with the same last name
Play—thinking only they are their family’s
Best representatives of kindred ancestry,
When if truth be told, they are deadly—
Rattle-less yet poisonous pit-vipers;
A very venomous party of snipers
Cruelly but happily playing the dozens,
Equally inflicting unadored cousins,
Siblings or spouses with hatred and envy
Epitomized by small-minded and empty
Tokens of Agápe, Storge, and Philia love;
Sanctimoniousness fitting like a glove.

Thank God a family isn’t always about blood
But often includes people who gladly want you
In their lives and affectionately let you bud
After resolutely making you one of their crew.
These souls will do anything to see you smile;
Freely loving you unreservedly, even while
You struggle, backslide, stumble, or utterly fall
In an uncontrollable descent, where you stall—
Aren’t bouncing back as quickly or successfully,
According to family tree members’ rebound recipe.

God definitely knows what is best for you,
That’s why He provides people willing to fill
The voids from stones blood relations threw
Whose lack of acceptance created the chill
In hearts refusing to be the kind of friend
Who’ll be there for their kin until the end,
Through thick and thin—always true-blue—
The FAMILY who simply loves you for you.

                                                                           ~ January 2, 2016