On His Blindness, by John Milton, is an exquisite sonnet that speaks patience and hope on the days we’re anxiously desperate to please God through our works.
Faith and Family Life
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. We also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Morningtime provides the framework for my ultimate goal in education: raising people who believe what is true, honor what is noble, stand uncompromisingly for what is just, keep their desires pure, love things that are lovely and relish those things that are praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Our morning gathering lends great joy to this crazy family life. It builds memory, laughter, and relationship into our days.
Family devotions or family worship is something that many Christian families desire to incorporate in their daily life. This desire can often be hindered by confusion over what family devotions are, fear or feelings of inadequacy in conducting them, and the difficulties of consistency. Even consistent family devotions can be hindered by our own pride, as if somehow going through religious motions makes us more acceptable to God.