I’ve had an unusual-for-me stretch of days. Last Wednesday I went to Miami to be with my husband on a business trip. Then on Friday we drove two hours north to the area where we’ve made hundreds of special memories over many years. Since we almost never go anywhere without our boys, being gone for four consecutive nights felt like forever. I’ve been counting up the nights we’ve been away in the 15.5 years we’ve been parents and the total, before last week, was seven, two of which were for a surgery that Will had in Philly while we lived in the DC area. Truly, we just love having our guys around and even though we had a great time last week, both of us were excited to be home.
It’s funny how the longing for home is universal. Sometimes it’s a geographic longing: I had an Uber driver in Miami who was from Haiti. He was telling me how in his country things are terrible.
“Schools are terrible,” he said. “The government is terrible. There are no opportunities, but I love my country. I just want to go home.”
Other times, the longing is more symbolic. I have burned close to two tanks of gas since I returned from Florida, and I haven’t gone anywhere. Just run a boy here, fetch a boy there, but for hours, literally, every day this week. When I walked in the door for the last time each day, I felt a wave of peace: “aaahhh, home!”
Home is a sense of belonging and a place of rest. It’s a place where you are nourished and restored. I hope your home is all of these things for you. But I also hope that this describes your church home. Are you part of a fellowship of believers where you feel like you belong, like you are nourished and restored?
I visited a church in Palm Beach Gardens last week that I really enjoyed. But I was just a visitor. I didn’t feel any deep sense of belonging. It reminded me of how different it is to feel known and valued within the body of Christ. Praying you too know this aspect of going “home.”
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12: 4-8