Family matters

Readers of the Sentinel recognize the title of this editorial as the heading for one of the continuing features in this magazine. Obviously it has a dual meaning. We talk about matters that are part of family life, and we're also affirming that families do matter tremendously.

Of course there are many kinds of families. Most basic, we care about our parents and children, brothers and sisters, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. It's a long list. There are also people that we come to love and trust so much that even though there is no blood relationship, they too become family.

Family can be as far-reaching as to extend back to early Christian pioneers or out to our fellow church members on the other side of the planet. And at this moment we are related to people we don't even know. Everywhere there are men and women who are reaching out to know God's presence and care. Even without knowing exactly who they are, we share a bond of family interest, that our prayers will find what they search for.

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June 12, 1989

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