For most people, the word "home" is one that evokes many positive feelings and emotions, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that there are many uplifting sayings and connotations that have been attached to it. Think about the following: Home is where the heart is; There's no place like home; It's nice to go traveling, but it's so much nicer to come home. And the list goes on and on! America, one of the greatest countries and super-powers throughout human history, is regarded as "the home of the brave" and high schools every fall celebrate the idea of homecoming with football games, dances, and parades. For many, home is comfortable, home is safe, and home is good; however, not everyone holds the concept of home in such high regards. When marriages fail and children grow up in divorce, the dynamic is considered a "broken home", which unfortunately is a pretty accurate depiction for most divorce dynamics. Whether positive or negative, “home” is certainly a word that carries a lot of weight.
Last year, I wrote a song for my son, which centers around the concept of home; I thought I'd share the chorus - "There is a place called home where families are forged in stone. There are no walls, windows, or halls that can keep us apart 'cause it ain't just a place, home is in your heart." The idea that home is not a place is nothing new, but it's profound nonetheless and has relevance from a spiritual perspective. A church is often referred to as a "House of God" - I believe that the use of the word "house”, which is often interchangeable with the word “home, is intentional, for while a church should be revered as a sacred and safe place to worship, it is ultimately just the structure. Home, I believe, is intangible; home is relationships, relationships are love, and love is God. Home is found not in a building; a house is a building. To me, home is found in our love for one another and God's love for us. Wherever we are, when we are together we are home, and when we are home we are with God.
As we make our way through our current series, Making Yourself at Home, we will look for the connections between God and home because, at the end of the day, home is what God wants to be for us.