Tuesday, July 28, 2009

coming home

"There's no place like home." Maybe a trite saying, but there's truth in it. It's good to get away, and that's part of most people's summers. But there's no place we're at home at quite like home! :)

We as people are likened in Scripture to sheep. We easily lose our way and go astray. But Jesus is the good Shepherd who brings his sheep through the gate (which Jesus is likened to), finding that lost sheep and bringing it home, into safe pasture. And Jesus keeps his sheep in his care.

We as humans are really only at home when we find that home where God is in the center through Jesus by the Spirit- and as human beings living on earth.

Are we coming home? Are we more and more at home with Jesus, and is he by the Spirit more and more at home in our hearts by faith? Are we finding all of this in the midst of our daily existence, even in this world where there is no escape from trouble?

The beginning of this now in Jesus, in anticipation of our future home when heaven and earth become one, is here for us now. Are we learning to live in it?

What would you like to share here?


nannykim said...

This is so true; and the older I get and the more suffering I see in the individual lives of those in the church the more this is brought home (sorry about the word use ;-) )to me . We are truly home in Jesus.

Suffering makes the reality of this so evident.It is funny because I just posted a song on my blog today called "Going Home" it was in the movie called Cold Mountain....I like this old way of singing and I like the words...check it out! There is another version of it on youtube with the whole song without the movie stuff.

Crowm said...

Totally agree Ted! Home is a place of peace, serenity, and joy. It's a place that only God can provide. Thanks for the reminder!

nAncY said...


Ted M. Gossard said...


Yeah. I like that way of singing!

Yes, we're so easily out of our true element, yet we're so easily allured out of it. But then we're not really ourselves, our true selves as God intended, because we're out of our element. Which for us in Jesus is in Jesus.

And your point on suffering is indeed a good one. Part of our calling is to not only believe in Jesus, but to suffer with him. Only then do we find our home in him in this life, surely.


Ted M. Gossard said...

Nice to hear from you, Crowm! And amen!

Ted M. Gossard said...


You're a sheep too! Then we should feel at home with each other!