The mystery and wonder of the word and the concept of "family" is capturing me right now. There is such purpose in the design of the family. It is a singular noun that describes more than one person living intimately. It is characterized not only by the people who comprise it, but by the nature of their relationships. It forms a nest where children can safely and healthfully enter a hostile world and grow to maturity. It is a place where unconditional love is the engine that undergirds the training of young, coupled with establishment of self worth. It is the fruit of marriage, a mystery itself, that brings the two genders together in completeness and complementation. It pictures the kind of relationship we have with our Heavenly Father, who loves us unconditionally, brings new life to us, raises us to spiritual maturity and demonstrates singularity and plurality in the trinity with His Spirit and Son.
You don't find the identity of a family in one individual, but in the collective nature of the entire household. And yet a family has defined and focused purpose, demonstrates personality and character, manifests growth and development and does all this in a wonderful, mysterious way that surely reflects the design of One who is greater!
Matthew 2:23 So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said: "He will be called a Nazarene."