“Birds finish the nest with their own breast, so it is the bosom that makes the home, and not the bill or the claw.”—Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
Home—a place of beginning or familiarity. It is a powerful word.
It brings a feeling of security and well-being, of love and comfort.
I was born and raised, with my four brothers and one sister, in a rambling old two-story farmhouse overlooking fields and pastures. In and around those aged rooms, we toiled and sweated, laughed and cried, played and fought.
Everything about this home breathed welcome to me.
Eventually though, after I had children of my own, my parents moved to the next hill over. My beloved childhood home was reduced to a pile of rubble to make way for a newer, “better” house.
The physical structure I grew up in is gone, but home still exists. Home is in the embraces of my parents, in the laughter shared with my siblings, in the joyful shouts of welcome from my children after an absence, in the loving arms of my husband.
But most important, home is in the presence of the Lord. Draw near to Him through Word and prayer and grow more secure and welcomed in this place of familiarity and beginning.
With God is the ultimate place of love and well-being.
And this Home will never be reduced to a pile of rubble.
“… our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).
Have you found your everlasting home—the one available only through Jesus Christ? If not, may I pray for you?
(I thought it would be fun if we would all share where our earthly homes are in the comments. I’ll leave the first comment.)
Yours in grace ≈ Julie
Yours in grace ≈
Linking with Lisa-Jo where a group of us write uninhibited for 5 minutes (or a few more) on a given topic. It is a wonderful exercise in letting the words flow. Click the button to check out more posts or consider linking up yourself. Today’s topic is “Home.”