How's the family?

Few things are more important to society than the family. Yet no institution is more troubled. Is there a spiritual answer?

Recently I saw a television program which included an account of a family that had 35 children and was still growing. This family included both biological offspring of the parents and adopted children, some from different racial origins and some with severe mental and physical handicaps. Yet despite the diversity of this group, the atmosphere was one of love, discipline, joy, and a great confidence in God's caring love for each family member.

This unusual arrangement might not be everyone's concept of family. Some could feel burdened by the responsibility of raising even one child. Others might yearn for the addition of spouse and offspring to fill out a lonely existence. Still others might thrive on living alone.

Thought for raiment
February 23, 1987

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