Exodus 32:7-11,13-14; Psalms 51:3-4,12-13,17,19; II Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32
Human families set mankind apart from all other living creatures. Who else but human parents have children they can call their own for longer than it takes to set them on their feet or on their way? Even the most “affectionate” animals — the vixen, the bear, the lioness — teach their cubs to make their own way in the world and then forget them. After the eagle has taught her eaglet to fly, she will see it no more. Calf, colt, grasshopper, dragonfly — all go their separate ways as soon as they can. Only humans stand with their children from first to last, from birth to death. In other words, only the society of mankind is held together by the bond of love.
It is within the bosom of the family that we are really ourselves. You can’t hide the real you in the family. Day after day, week after week, who you really are inevitably comes out. And the truth is, it…
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