Families are a funny thing. As Jerry tells us in While You Were Sleeping, “You’re born into a family. You do not join them like you do the Marines.” Our families are an integral part of our growing up experience and our first taste of community. At a very early age, before we have ever heard the word “community,” we are already creating an idea of what it is, what it looks like, how it functions.
I grew up in a Christian home with parents who were wonderfully committed to the idea and practice of family. Date night for Mom and Dad and Family Night for all of us were on every weekly calendar. It was a non-negotiable for us. Even when we started growing up and getting jobs, family night still took priority.