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Parents watch as their daughter plays soccer

Parents watch as their daughter plays soccer

In younger years, we enjoyed attending a variety of activities involving our children, including sporting events, dance concerts, scouting ceremonies, piano recitals and choir concerts, cheerleading, competitive debates and others.  Now these same children have children of their own who are involved in many of the same activities. Just as in times past, family members gather to support the one participating.  Even though it may be inconvenient to adjust schedules to be audience enthusiasts, it is a worthwhile family tradition.  Of course the cheers from family are welcomed, but more important is the silent message given…..I LOVE YOU.  These three words may not be spoken verbally but they are recognized by each child as he takes a turn supporting the other. The whole family attends. As a father and now a grandfather, it requires schedule adjustments to assure a seat in the cheering section, but it is well worth the sacrifice.  In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” our church leaders declared, “Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.”

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