But you can choose whether to be part of it and enjoy the love and protection it offers, or not. And the family can also chose to accept or reject you.
Interesting time (in a good way) last night with the chapel. God has been talking to us about change, about things being better than they were before and about entering a new place. I think we saw another key step in the journey, with both an acknowledgement of the need to be love each other as family, and the need to embrace each other in openness.
IF we can accept and work with each other in love. IF we can love the unlovely (and we're all a bit unlovely at times, even the good looking ones. IF we can build family in reality, where we honour each other, support each other, trust each other and love each other. IF we come to do those things then I genuinely think we will have come into a different place from the one we were.
What will be our enemies - fear, division and selfishness.
It is also going to be important to look to the future, rather than looking back. There were lots of prophetic words when we left BCC about entering a land without walls, gates or even paths, and yet when we arrived nearly 4 years ago we entered a land that seemed closed, locked and defined. It has been one of the most difficult times of my whole Christian life, yet we had to endure it in order to be part of the family that is being built, part of the future. Both Chris and I are aware of elements trying to persuade us to give up and go back to our 'family' (and we'll never stop being part of that family) but this is where we've been called to be.
I'm wondering what is going to unfold over the next 4 years.