Henry Ware Jr., 1794-1843

Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Joshua 24:14 & 15

The beauty of the home is order;
the blessing of the home is contentment;
The glory of the home is hospitality;
the crown of the home is godliness.
~Author Unknown~

This is the season when our attention is especially directed to the basic social institution in society, the home, with special days for recognizing mothers, fathers, and children. The strength of any nation is the quality of its homes. "In love of home, the love of country has its rise" said Charles Dickens.

Home should be a supremely blessed place in a person's life, a place where ultimate love and acceptance are found between parents and with the children. The real test of a parent's spirituality is his home life--the daily demonstration of a Christ-like character. As parents, our responsibility is not only to feed and clothe our children's bodies, but to nurture their spirits, their minds, and their moral values. By word and by personal example we must carefully guide our children and fervently seek to show them what it means to be a Christian, "train up a child in the way he should go", meaning according to God's Word. Good parenting also involves maintaining strong lines of communication between all members of the family. This demands quality time spent together in discussion, social times, daily family altar, and regular periods of instruction and worship in the local church.

This fine text was written by an ordained Unitarian minister, Henry Ware, who later became pastor of the Second Unitarian Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts. The well-known American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, served for a time as Ware's assistant. The hymn first appeared in Selection of Hymns and Poetry for Use of Infant and Juvenile Schools and Families, published in 1846. It was set to the same tune as "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee".

Happy the home when God is there,
And love fills every breast;
When one their wish, and one their prayer,
And one their heavenly rest.

Happy the home where Jesus’ name
Is sweet to every ear;
Where children early speak His fame,
And parents hold Him dear.

Happy the home where prayer is heard,
And praise each day does rise;
Where parents love the sacred Word
And all Its wisdom prize.

Lord, let us in our homes agree
This blessèd peace to gain;
Unite our hearts in love to Thee,
And love to all will reign.

*For Today*: Deuteronomy 6:7; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 5:21-23, 6:4

Reflect on ways that you could improve the quality of your home. Does God really have His rightful place as the foundation of the home? Carry this musical message with you as you seriously consider these matters.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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