Edith Schaeffer, one of the heroines of the Christian faith, passed away recently. I especially loved Mrs. Schaeffer’s book, The Hidden Art of Homemaking. What is a Family? is another wonderful, encouraging book. In high school I developed a great respect for her husband’s wisdom when we watched the How Should We Then Live? video series at our Christian school. It is a must-watch for all Christians. (You can watch the whole series on YouTube.) For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School and For the Family’s Sake: The Value of Home in Everyone’s Life are two of my favorite books; they are written by the Schaeffer’s daughter, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.
The Kuyperian Commentary posted some of Mrs. Schaeffer’s quotes In Memory of Edith Schaeffer (1914-2013). Here are a couple of my favorites.
Tradition as the Best Gift:
“There is something about saying, ‘We always do this,’ which helps keep the years together. Time is such an elusive thing that if we keep on meaning to do something interesting, but never do it, year would follow year with no special thoughtfulness being expressed in making gifts, surprises, charming table settings, and familiar, favorite food. Tradition is a good gift intended to guard the best gifts.”
“There needs to be a homemaker exercising some measure of skill, imagination, creativity, desire to fulfill needs and give pleasure to others in the family. How precious a thing is the human family. It it not worth some sacrifice in time, energy, safety, discomfort, work? Does anything come forth without work?”
From What is a Family?