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Thursday, November 30th, '17

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JUST MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME!

"And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it..." (Luke 10:5,6)

 

With no vacancy at the local Super 8 I bachelored the other night with a North Dakota pastor. Enlarged photos of the kids hung on the walls, keepsakes scattered, here a wedding album, there, some personalized place settings, and lots of old neckties in the closet. "Just make your self at home", offered my newest friend as I slipped my shoes off at the door.  Goodie, I get to run the TV remote and help myself to the coffee pot without feeling like an intruder. I sensed what Jesus called the "Son of peace" there, a loving presence that I have felt in Christian homes all across America. But as sweet as the hosts always are, still their home is not my home and as that sentimental voiced Michael Buble croons, "In either Paris or Rome...I still feel all alone, I wanna go home".

 

Home can be anything from a Big Apple luxury apartment to an Amazon palm leaf hut; it's not the place that counts but the peace. Jesus claimed to have "no place where to lay his head" in Luke chapter nine but obviously felt real 'at home' at Mary and Martha's house in chapter ten. Home is where you want to drive all night to get to. It is the place where everything fits, where things are comfy, where the heart-rate races upon arrival, then slows after hitting the couch.

 

For his and hers truckers home might be a Mack truck cab and sleeper. There is nothing wrong with that so long as love is in the air (along with some spray freshener). A house is not always a home. Houses consist of sheetrock, studs and carpet. Homes have supper smells, giggles, painted eggs and lights on. The mortgage doesn't make the marriage; in fact it may mar it. Just think back to your first apartment and remember how good it felt to come home to brownies and maybe some chicken noodle soup. You couldn't afford a king or queen-size bed and the draft in the hundred-dollar a month rental forced you to do something in that twin bed that is rarely done anymore, namely, cuddle. Just trying to get you to "make your self at home" again; nothing more.

 

Of course home is a temporary and transitory function. Only a few will spend their whole lives at the old home place. The average American loads the U-Haul every three and a half years and continues "the search". The spiritual nomad doesn't know what he or she is searching for, however, a better paying job, a gentler climate, more outgoing neighbors or perhaps just the opposite, a security fence and no neighbors. That unrest will always be there, for as the old songwriter nailed it, "This world is not my home, I'm only passing through..." We can never totally make our selves at home here because this isn't home; it's just a pit stop, a pilgrimage. Paul taught that "while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:6). The real longing of the heart is not for a house or even a spouse, but rather for intimacy with God. With that in mind I keep my suitcase packed. One day soon faith and sight will converge. At that point "the almond tree blossoms" and "man goes to his eternal home" (Ecclesiastes 12:5). Those not living a spiritual life, a heavenly life now, are going to find it very hard to make them selves at home then. We need to get comfortable with the lifestyle of the family now so we will fit in with family then. Home is where the heart is, we know that. That said, my heart then is where home is.


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