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On January 15, 2010, one year after their crash landing in the Hudson River, the passengers and crew of US Airways Flight 1549 returned to New York for an anniversary celebration. This one dramatic event is all they have in common. After much reminiscing and reconnecting, Lucile Palmer of Brooklyn said, “Being here is so wonderful. We’re family now.”

--The Week January 29, 2010, p. 4. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Shared experiences, especially traumatic experiences tend to form bonds between strangers. But families share more than the type of experiences that hit the 6:00 news. We form substantial bonds with one another when we share life together. Some of it is harrowing, but most of it is rather mundane and ordinary. It is the sharing of our lives, not just experiences that makes us family.

1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV) “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”

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