The wildly popular NBC show This is Us has filled an empty hole in my heart that was created when the show Parenthood ended. My family knows that Tuesday night is a sacred night for me as I tune in to experience the highs and lows of the Pearson family. I need a quiet room, a comfy blanket and a box of tissues nearby. I’m pretty much wrecked after every episode.

This is Us is a story about the love between Jack and Rebecca and their three children. We are taken on a time hop each week through the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of The Big Three: Kevin, Randall and Kate. The show tackles relatable issues head-on such as marital problems, obesity, addiction, racism, sibling rivalry, adoption and death to name a few.

The struggles are real but so is the bond that holds this family together.

Why is America obsessed with this heartwarming yet heartbreaking show? I believe it’s because we are able to peek into the life of this dysfunctional family only to realize how much it resembles our own. It reminds us that families are not perfect. They can be beautiful and they can also be ugly. We need the Pearson family to be ok because it gives us hope for our own family.

I am grateful that we have a Father in heaven who fights for our families and loves us through our brokenness and mess. Despite our rebellion He shows us forgiveness and gives us second chances. Surely we can share the same kind of love and mercy in our families that the Lord shows us.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

How can you demonstrate this kind of love in your family?