"Every true home is an influence of blessing in the community where it stands. Its lights shine out. Its songs ring out. Its spirit breathes out. Its neighbors know whether it is hospitable or inhospitable, warm or cold, inviting or repelling. Some homes bless no lives outside their own circle; others are perpetually pouring out sweetness and fragrance. The Christian home is a far reaching benediction. It sets its lamps in its windows, and while they give no less light or cheer to those within, they pour a little beam upon the gloom without, which may brighten some dark path and put a little cheer into the heart of some belated passer by. Its doors stand open to every one who comes seeking shelter from the storm, or sympathy in sorrow, or help in trial..."
J.R. Miller - Homemaking, 1882