“Happy is that family where the worship of God
is constantly and conscientiously maintained.
Such houses are temples in which the Lord dwells,
and castles garrisoned by a Divine power.
I do not say, that, by honoring God in your house,
you will wholly escape a share in the trials
incident to the present uncertain state of things.
A measure of such trials will be necessary
for the exercise and manifestation of your graces;
to give you a more convincing proof of the truth
and sweetness of the promises made
to a time of affliction; to mortify the body of sin;
and to wean you more effectually from the world.
But this I will confidently say,
that the Lord will both honor and comfort those
who thus honor Him.
Seasons will occur in which you shall know,
and probably your neighbors
shall be constrained to take notice,
that He has not bid you seek Him in vain.
If you meet with troubles,
they shall be accompanied by supports,
and followed by deliverance;
and you shall upon many occasions experience,
that God is your protector,
preserving you and yours from the evils
by which you will see others suffering around you.”
- John Newton