TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE IN GOD’S PRESENCE as you begin.
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.”
“Where is home?” by Janet Hagberg
Where IS home?
Both my concept of family and home have been sources of intense reflection for me over the years. When people ask “Are you going home for Christmas?” it raises the issue again, where’s home? For more than 30 years I’ve had no family home with a parent or sibling. So it raises the question of what is home for me.
Conversations, reflections, and spiritual direction have all helped me see that home is a symbol for where we are loved and accepted, where we truly belong and where we can rest and be revitalized.
So for me now, home is three things; first it’s with those who love and accept me (my dear friends); second it’s where I rest and revitalize (my own nest, my condo). Yet primarily home is where God is, which is everywhere in my life, so wherever I am, if I am aware of God—or even if I’m not—I am home.
PRAYER. God may we find home in you. And in so doing, may we be a people and a church who create and foster home with and for others–may we be a place where people are loved, a place of rest and belonging. Grant us grace to breathe in your love and find ourselves….home. Amen.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.