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This Sunday we will be on to commandment number 5: Honor your mother and father. If you are fortunate enough to come from a loving family in which parents and children are generally supportive of one another, then this commandment may not seem like a big deal. If, however, your experience of family has been hurtful or dysfunctional, these words may sting. Honor the people who have been the source of so much of your pain?

As we prepare to explore this commandment on Sunday, here is a question to ponder. Given all the moral challenges that come from living in this world, why would God include this in his top ten list? Why should we honor our parents?

I invite you to respond. You can either use the comment section below, or you can email me at