Divine Definition: The Father, The Mother, Sons and Daughters; the unit of mutual and intimate support

Comment: God was replete before creating anything or anyone. It was His loving nature motivating Him to begin the universal family. It is love that brings His family together. The best parental qualities are His.

Human Definition: pertaining to or characteristic of family bonds; a unit of mutual and intimate support

• So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty. — Haniel Long (1888-1956) American poet
• The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself. — Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936) English writer & philosopher

Consideration: The family is the basic unit of society, then comes the clan, race, state, nation, world, and universe. Once we all recognize that we are all kin, we will have a chance for world peace.

Suggestion: Leave a place in the family for God.

Symbols: 1) the chain; 2) the ruby slippers (silver in the original written version) [Dorothy of Kansas wore them in The Wizard of Oz {1939} when she declared, “There’s no place like home.”]