Today’s Wednesday with Words post is from Edith Schaeffer’s The Hidden Art of Homemaking. The bookclub’s technically over, but way back in my favorite chapter, I found a passage that made the lightbulb go off in my head–this is Edith’s message, what she’s trying to communicate through the whole book. I really thought I’d come back and address it in another post before now, but alas, time has slipped away from me. Here’s the excerpt:
Of course the answer is a deeper thing than reading a book or putting a rose beside the bed or lighting a candle or throwing a log on the fire. Of course there has to be a real base for our own lives and for our ideas and morals. Of course we have to have a purpose for our life, and know that answers do exist, and that there really is someone ‘at home’ in the universe, a Person to give the answers, who has spoken and to whom we may go for advice and guidance. Of course there is no easy pushbutton answer, even for those who do have a base and do have assurance as to their relationship with the God who is there. Even deep and understanding Christians are still overwhelmed with the changing circumstances which surround them in bringing up a family today.
But this book is about ‘Hidden Art,’ and the need of people who are in communication with the Creator to recognize their creative abilities and fulfil some of their talents in day-by-day life. And this is relevant to our depersonalized plastic age. I think it is valid to say that there must be some actual changes and some practical additions made to the day-by-day lives of many Christian families. This means starting when children are little and not suddenly expecting to start with an almost adult teenager to give him in one year all he or she has missed during the past fourteen years. What I am talking about means taking our responsibilities and capabilities seriously. It means feeling that our ability to do things should be used in some way to make family life fun, and to enhance the relationships of people living together. To do this means working at it. A good marriage does not just fall out of a tree, by itself. A good family life and understanding, warm, rich, happy relationships within a family do not just spring up without someone working at it, someone who is not putting himself or herself first. (152-53)
That’s it in a nutshell. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and been instructed by this little book. You can read all my posts on it here.
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