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Passing Thoughts: Our Father’s Children – John 3:5-7

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Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” John 3:5-7

Walking through a parking lot, I glanced over, and at the car beside my truck were two identical pairs of legs. I thought, “too funny… must be sisters!” When I glanced up to see if their faces looked alike, I realized it was a mother and a daughter. One was loading the trunk of the car and talking, while the other’s head was bobbing up and down as her eyes rolled. Definitely a mother-daughter interaction…

Family imprint is strong, and I don’t think it’s fully understood. My son and my nephew are a good example. They are seven years apart in age, with different ethnicity due to marriages, but more importantly, they grew up on opposite sides of the globe. Inevitably, their time together as cousins was limited throughout their childhoods and youths. Yet, sometimes, they look so much alike, it’s disconcerting. Even weirder, they have some of the same mannerisms, movements, and expressions. Are actions mandated by familial DNA as physical appearance is?

We are children of God, a truth of enormous importance but often taken for granted. Although God seems distant from our daily concerns, in a different world or waiting for us in another place and time, He closer to us than our biological parents. As physical beings, we can’t imagine that, but the fact is, to be children of God, we must be born of God. As DNA came from our parents in our physical birth, God’s “DNA” is passed on to us in our spiritual birth. Our mystical connection to God is as intimately mingled within us as the air we breathe that flows through cardiovascular system and sustains our lives.

I wonder if the DNA of my Father is visible in me? Sometimes, probably, maybe a bit… Not enough, though. For the likeness of Christ to be seen us, we must always seek His face and ask for His Holy Spirit. We must be willing to submit to the healing of our souls and purifying of our hearts. Then, the likeness we share as members of God’s family will be visible to those around. They will be able to see the family resemblance.

I pray you look your Father this week… I’m going to seek Him more myself!

God bless –

Rev. Elizabeth Moreau


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