In the last few years, the media has given attention to the notion of chosen family, with traditions such as Friendsgiving gaining momentum. Friendsgiving acknowledges that friendships may offer the kind of closeness many crave but don’t experience in their families of origin. The Today Show’s 2018 feature on Friendsgiving goes as far as to cite claims that “friends are the new family” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KKF4GRrP8k). Jesus made a not altogether different claim by acknowledging all fellow believers as his brothers and sisters.
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