Session 5

Now, About Those Family

Scandals and Scoundrels

Reminder: Watch this video the week of July 26th - August 1st


Session 5 – Introduction: 


It was around Christmas 2010 when the trend really took off. Christmas card companies must have noticed. Rather than traditional cards with a short family update and a personal signature, something different showed up in many mailboxes. Over the next couple of years the trend increased. 


Family photos and portraits became the rage. A beautiful, almost magic moment captured in digital format, printed out, and sent to friends and family far and wide. A picture taken in the woods, at the beach, in the living room, or at a studio became very popular. With one "click, " a perfect family for all to see. 


Here is the truth about that family photo: that's as good as it gets!

If you could have been there for the half-hour before or the day after the photo shoot, the picture might have been slightly different - not quite as perfect! Here is the reality behind many of these moments captured and sent to friends or blown up and hung on a living room wall:  they do not tell the whole story. 


The whole family had to wait for the baby to stop crying, then to be changed, then to be fed -- just to get that calm moment to snap the picture. 


Two teenagers were bribed with lunch at their favorite restaurant just to get them there. They really did not want to miss time with their friends on a Saturday. 


The husband with his arm wrapped tenderly around his wife's shoulder has not willingly embraced her during the previous week because things said in a fight they had still run through his mind. 


None of the kids really wanted to wear the clothes Mom had picked out, and she was frustrated because each child told her so. 


It took over an hour and more than twenty tries to get everyone to smile ( or appear to be smiling). 


A fight between siblings erupted during the picture-taking ordeal. No one could figure out what was really going on, but one of them kept yelling, "She keeps touching me!"


But then, at just the right moment, in the eye of the storm, "Click!"


Got it! Print it! Mail it ( or email it) for everyone to see. The perfect family. 


In reality, no family is as all-together and glossy as it appears in these family photos. Every family has its moments, bumps, fights, struggles, and skeletons. We just don't take pictures at those moments and mail them to everyone we know. 



Think About it: 


If you have gone through the family photo experience, what interesting memories come to mind? 





Genesis 42:1-17

Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt

Genesis 42:18-32

Joseph and His Brothers in Egypt

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Corinthians 5:17-20


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.


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