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Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Include.

I stood in line waiting to be rung up, my groceries on the conveyor belt, and listening to the conversation. They were all friendly enough as they conversed and I had not heard the beginning of their talk.

The cashier stated to the couple, “I am proud of my Italian heritage. I may be stubborn but it has given me fortitude and besides, longevity also runs in my family.”

I smiled as I continued listening to them each share about their nationalities – the pros and cons of the traits they have inherited.

Upon seeing the word prompt this morning, the interaction and conversation came flooding back to mind. We can be so proud, or not so proud, of our backgrounds, as we identify and include ourselves among a group.

It’s funny how that works as it all fluxes depending on the accomplishments, or embarrassments of the group.

It is with the deepest of gratitude, overwhelming gratitude in fact, that I am included in God’s family …

“There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” (Galatians 3:28-29, NLT)

We all come to Christ and receive the promises in Scripture the same way.
We all are included,
as we come to the Cross.

 

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Today I am joining … Five Minute Friday and Faith On Fire and Fresh Market Friday and Faith ”˜N Friends  .