Friday December 30, 2022
“Today salvation has come to this house.”
No Christian work is more difficult than that of building a Christian home. However, many do not realize this. Their Christian work is directed toward things outside, toward meetings and organizations. They do not put any work into the building of the Christian home. At least no planned work, no work with a conscious objective.
A home is not brought into being simply by the marriage of two people. Not by luxurious furnishings and a great deal of money for extravagant living and social functions. Not even by the fact that the two are personal Christians.
The home is wrought by the way these two succeed in living together. By the candid, intimate, patient, and forgiving love which exists between them. This is the vitally important thing in all home relationships, the relationship to the children, to friends, and to guests.
The secret of a Christian home is to be Christians together. And therefore we must look upon the achievement of this as a part of our Christian work from day to day.
We should have a meeting with God together each day in family devotions: prayer, reading of the Bible, and singing. Yes, let us sing together. Singing unites us in a mysterious way. And let us help each other to make family devotions a festive occasion in our homes each day.
This will make it necessary for us to pray for the devotional periods. We pray for meetings that we attend. But no meeting needs preparation in prayer more than our daily family devotions. Otherwise they will degenerate into the driest sort of routine.
O Thou good God, we thank Thee for the home Thou hast given us. First, for our parental home, with all its childhood joys. And then we thank Thee for the home that we have been permitted to establish. Lord, preserve us from those sins which would destroy our home! Amen.