Serving together creates a family that stays together.

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Serving together creates a family that stays together.

You've all heard the saying, "Families that pray together, stay together." And although I don't disagree, I think there's a similar common bond to those individuals who serve together. We form a family like bond that keeps us together through the ups and downs of life.

 Proverbs speaks also of the importance of close and nearby relationships. 

Proverbs 27:10 says, "Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away."

 I dwell on these words as many of us in the Surfside Kids "family" say a (hopefully temporary) goodbye to our beloved brother Jorge. He is planning a move back to his home in California to be with his mother and ailing brother during their time of need. We are grateful as his brothers and sisters in Christ to be here for him as he makes this transition.

 Many gathered around a dinner table recently to break bread and fellowship together celebrating the length of service and friendships formed over Jorge's time with Harborside and SSK. Seemingly a type of "last supper", I marveled as I looked around at the overflowing seats at his table; the breadth of age diversity represented, and the various arenas in which he has touched and changed lives within Harborside Christian Church. Most lives of which could not be represented because they are below the age of 5. Generations of young pre-school children have been given a strong energetic foundation of Jesus and His church through the hands, eyes, voice and presence of their big lovable Mr. Jorge. The fruits of his faithful, dedicated weekly service to our little Marina children will probably not be fully revealed until we all reach the gates of Heaven.

What we don't realize when we *don't serve, is the abundant flow of blessings, relationships, and joy that we willfully deprive ourselves. However, availing ourselves to the ongoing work of the Lord and the building of His kingdom, actually builds His everlasting kingdom within ourselves. 

Oh how the Lord knew; He knew how much we need to serve Him by serving each other; and thus find rest and satisfaction in our souls. 

So love on your 'family' this week: the neighbors serving along side you that God gave you near for all of your times of need.

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