A true home

A true home is one of the most sacred of places. 
It is a sanctuary into which men flee from the 
world's perils and alarms. It is a resting-place
to which at close of day the weary retire to gather
new strength for the battle and toils of tomorrow.
It is the place where love learns its lessons,
where life is schooled into discipline and strength,
where character is molded.

What are some of the secrets of happy home life?
The answer might be given in one word—Christ.
Christ at the marriage-altar; 
Christ on the bridal journey; 
Christ when the new home is set up;
Christ when the baby is born;
Christ when a child dies;
Christ in the pinching times; 
Christ in the days of plenty; 
Christ in the nursery,
in the kitchen, 
in the parlor; 
Christ in the toil and in the rest;
Christ along all the years;
Christ when the wedded pair walk toward the sunset gates;
Christ in the sad hour when farewells are spoken,
and one goes on before and the other stays, 
bearing the unshared grief. 

Christ is the secret of happy home life.

J. R. Miller 1894



  1. So true. May Christ be our all-in-all.

  2. He sure is...

    Great post, thank you for the reminder.

  3. Jo,

    I've read this book, and so I recognized the words immediately!

    Beautiful words. Beautiful truths.

    -Lady Rose

  4. So true, I was just talking to dd about something similar just a couple of hours earlier today!

  5. J.R.Miller's works are full of timeless truths.
    He is someone I often quote on my blog too.
    Beautiful and encouraging words!
    Christ is the Secret to a happy homelife - Amen!

  6. Very beautiful, and very, very Victorian. After all, it wasn't until that era that the home became a retreat from the world, instead of a place of business.

  7. Val, I hadn't thought of it like that, but so true, the home finally became the home we know it as today - a place of refuge from the world.


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