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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
MUCH is said and written of religion in the
home, and yet it may be that there is not
always a clear conception of the meaning of the
term. It is sometimes supposed that the re-
quirement is fully met when family devotions are
regularly maintained. This is of vital importance.
Household religion certainly implies the daily
family worship. I cannot think that any home
realizes the true ideal or can have Heaven's richest
benedictions upon it in which this is omitted or
neglected. God blesses and shelters the household
in which he is honored. Prayer weaves a roof of
love over the home and builds walls of protection
about it.
MUCH is said and written of religion in the
home, and yet it may be that there is not
always a clear conception of the meaning of the
term. It is sometimes supposed that the re-
quirement is fully met when family devotions are
regularly maintained. This is of vital importance.
Household religion certainly implies the daily
family worship. I cannot think that any home
realizes the true ideal or can have Heaven's richest
benedictions upon it in which this is omitted or
neglected. God blesses and shelters the household
in which he is honored. Prayer weaves a roof of
love over the home and builds walls of protection
about it.

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RELIGION IN THE HOME.BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D." Sweet are the joys of home,And pure as sweet; for they,Like dews of morn and evening, comeTo make and close the day."MUCH is said and written of religion in thehome, and yet it may be that there is notalways a clear conception of the meaning of theterm. It is sometimes supposed that the re-quirement is fully met when family devotions areregularly maintained. This is of vital importance.Household religion certainly implies the dailyfamily worship. I cannot think that any homerealizes the true ideal or can have Heaven's richestbenedictions upon it in which this is omitted orneglected. God blesses and shelters the householdin which he is honored. Prayer weaves a roof of love over the home and builds walls of protectionabout it.Surely the goodness of a thoughtful Providence,7778 WEEK-DAY RELIGION.received day after day in unbroken continuity,requires some grateful recognition of praise. Thenis it not a perilous thing for the members of thehousehold to disperse in the morning to theirduties and responsibilities, into dangers and temp-
 
tations, to meet possible trials, without the invokingof Heaven's guidance, protection and help ? Thereis reason to fear that in many homes family wor-ship is neglected, and that in the intense whirl andexcitement of these busy times the neglect is be-coming more and more common. How can weexpect God's blessing upon our homes if we donot call upon his name? Is it any wonder thatthere is sorrow over children's wanderings in thehouseholds in which there is no family altar?There is a wondrous educating influence in thedaily assemblage of the family for prayer. Wherethrough childhood and youth the custom has beenregularly maintained, its influence over the life issuch as can never be wholly obliterated. And itmay be seriously questioned whether in any otherway, by any other means, children can be so firmly" Bound by gold chains about the feet of God."The memories of the old family altar, wakedyears and years after the home walls had crumbledRELIGION IN THE HOME. 79and the home voices had become silent, have ledmany a wanderer back to God's feet.Then there is nothing else that so sweetens thehome-life. True family w r orship is a fountain thatbrings streams of holy influences into every part of the household. It is a vase of perfume that shedsfragrance over all. It softens asperities. It quellsanger. It quiets impatience. It settles differences.It subdues evil passions. Hearts that are drawntogether at God's feet every day cannot get veryfar apart. The frictions of the day are forgotten
 
when all voices mingle in the same heavenly song.As the tender words of inspiration fall with theirbenign counsels all feeling of unkindness meltsaway. The altar in the midst wondrously hallowsand sweetens the home fellowship. Besides, itputs new strength into every heart. It comfortssorrow. It is a shield against temptation. Itsmoothes out the wrinkles of care. It inspiresstrength for burden-bearing. It quickens everyreligious sentiment and keeps the fires burning onevery heart's altar.The manner in which the family worship is con-ducted is very important. It should be made sopleasant as to be looked forward to with gladnesseven by the youngest children. Too often it is80 WEEK-DAY RELIGION.made tedious, monotonous or burdensome. Men fallinto a stereotyped order which they never vary.Long passages are read, and the prayers offeredare not only long, but are the same every day fromyear to year, with no adaptation to the home-life,or to the capacities of children. There is no reasonwhy the family worship should not be the most de-lightful exercise in the home-life. It should be thecontinual study of heads of households to make itbright, interesting and profitable. To make it dulland irksome is treason to true religion. It is im-possible to give more than the merest suggestionsand hints as to methods. A part in the serviceshould be given to each child. Questions may beasked each day on the passage read the day before.Incidents may be introduced to illustrate the lesson.Hard words may be explained. One practicalthought at least may be selected from the Scrip-ture read which will bear upon the day's life.

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