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Oprah’s New Sister

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I don’t normally comment on pop-culture here, but this caught my attention.  Since I am not an Oprah viewer I don’t even know when all of this happened, I heard about it this morning (1/25).  It appears that Oprah’s mother gave a daughter, named Patricia, up for adoption in 1963 while Oprah (at the time 9 yrs. old) was living in Nashville with her father.  As an adult Patricia began searching for her birth family and through a series of events found her mother and learned of her half-sister’s famous identity. Patricia has not sought to profit from this; she seems to only have desired to learn about her biological family.  They were reunited during the Thanksgiving holiday 2010.  Those are the facts.

Can you imagine that?  From an orphan awaiting adoption to discovering your Oprah’s sister.  I do respect Patricia’s decision not to exploit her new found sibling relationship.  However, there are some changes in her life that are  unavoidable.  To become a part of a family with the worldwide fame, the vast monetary resources, and the          humanitarian pursuits of Oprah Winfrey is mind boggling.  She has a sister that most in America and many in the world know by one name.  Who do you know that has ever said “Oprah who?”  She will now be forever connected with and I am sure will benefit greatly from her newly discovered family.  I am not speaking of monetary benefits alone (which is what came to most of our minds first), but the emotional benefits of being united with the one who gave you life is incalculable.  Her life is forever changed; there is no turning back now that this new identity has been discovered.

When Paul wrote to believers living in Rome he wanted them to understand that their relationship with God through faith in Christ was a life-changing relationship.  By grace they had received a new found peace with God (Romans 5:1) and had gained access into His presence as God’s own children.

Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co–heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.                 Romans 8:17(NIV)

Imagine that, from orphans wandering through life attempting to fill our desires with the lifeless, empty, counterfeit pursuits of this world to children of the Most High God.  We have been changed by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).  We have been united together forever with our Father in Heaven.  I submit that we should never be the same again.  His fame.  His resources.  His purpose.  It all becomes mine.  I now identify with Him solely.  He is my Father,  I am His son.  I will never be the same again.

At the end of this month we will be experiencing together a special time of worship called FOCUS (February 27-March 2).  This year our FOCUS is on the CROSS and its implications in our life.  I pray that your life will never be the same as we FOCUS on the CROSS.

Your brother,