While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
One of the first songs I remember singing when I first believed in 1976 had a refrain that went "I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God". I loved the idea of having a spiritual family but, with time, understood that spiritual family did not always translate to church family. When someone left for another church the idea of family took on the persona of a divorce. Yet I rejoice knowing that many who I churched with 30 years ago are still my friends.
I love how Jesus calls us family members. It it amazing how he embraces those who believe in him as family and not merely as servants.. in other places he calls us friends. When he compares us to his actual family members he is not denigrating those relationships but speaking to the importance of having a relationship with God that will outlast temporal family relationships. This eternal relationship is one we should remember when we feel alone.
Lord, thank you that I have the privilege of calling you Father.