Community in Action July 27, 2020

It is great to be back home. I don’t now about you, but I love coming back home. I love pulling into the driveway and getting everything out of the car. Then, I do like taking the next day, or two, putting everything back in the house. I love spending time watering and taking garden of the yard, picking a few vegetables and maybe, this year anyway, cutting off a blossom of our garage dahlia and putting it in water on our dining room table.

    I actually like getting back to the office and clearing off all those accumulated items I was going to work on the week before I left and putting all the books back i took on vacation that I had hoped to read, some I did read, back on the shelf. I like looking at what is coming up on the calendar and planning for what events or obligations I have coming up. True most of my plans center around zoom meetings, but thinking and planning for the coming fall sermon series or Adult Education program is energizing.

    I also like Philip Phillips song “Home.” Though it is not so much about “Home Sweet Home” as it is about God being with us wherever we go to make that place our home. Phillips reminds us that as we journey through this world some of the places we go we have never been before. And though the unfamiliar sometimes seems a bit frightening or at least unsettling, we can reply on God to keep us close and make us feel secure and safe.

    Perhaps even more worrisome about the dark paths we walk or the unsettling experiences we have is we are afraid we will get lost. We are afraid that we won’t find the comfort and care we are used to at home. But here is where I love the last three lines of this song. They go like this:

    If you get lost, you can always be found

    Just know you're not alone

    Cause I'm going to make this place your home

    God will not only be there for us, but God will make that place just as comfortable, just as safe, just as secure as the places we have been before. In fact I would venture to even say God will make those new places even more like home should be.

    So wherever you have been, wherever you are going, know this God, is there for you and will embrace you with God’s love which surpasses any love you have ever experienced. And God will make the place where you are Home.


    Pastor Randy

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