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Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
- Acts 10:34-35 (NIV)
The coffin was carried in, and the family followed in a seemingly never-ending stream. All the seats in the big church were filled. Margaret had always loved children, and in some sense she would have considered each person there her child. She mothered her biological children and was the beloved foster mother of many. With her husband, Vic, she gave these children a loving Christian home. Not content with that, the two also arranged summer holidays for children who could not afford them.
Vic and Margaret’s foster children were of many different ethnicities and backgrounds. Over the years, they had experienced problems and arguments like any family, but that day they all came to honor the beloved mother who had given them a good start in life and taught them to love God and one another.
Surely it will be like that when we meet around God’s throne, but at that time the mourning will be gone. And what a diverse crowd we will be — children of the same Father but from every tribe and nation, all coming to love and worship our loving God!
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room