I am struggling right now with the wave of suffering that has struck our families recently. I am struggling with my role, once again, as a long-distance family member. I am struggling with reconciling Jesus’ words about who we are and how we are to be as family to one another and my own emotional pull and longing for proximity to those I love and care for that I happen to be related to. It is not any lack of desire to be family to people here: people in my church and people on my street. It is just a very deep and real desire to be a daily, consistent, present person to those we have left behind.