We Believe in Christ. We Belong to Christ. We Serve Christ.

Homeward Bound

by Kevin Mahon on August 13, 2018

 

Would you live here?” asked the magazine cover, alongside the idyllic picture of the pond and cottage, with its glowing windows, and the shore chairs beside the fire pit. “In a second we would live there!” we respond. There is something about such pictures that speak to our sense of home, peace and quiet, and family, that stirs up a deep longing in our spirit.  This is why Christmas cards so often display the country house, with its lit windows and inviting fireplace—as if to say, “welcome home”! 

God has placed in all of us a longing for Himself, a longing to be ‘home’ with Him. The human race senses down into our very DNA, and the depths of our spirits, that there is more than here, there is more beyond this life, beyond time, and that wherever that place is, and wherever He is, is home. We long for home as we long for Him. We can’t help ourselves. We are hard-wired for Him.  We may try to suppress this knowledge and we may try to deny this longing, but the sense remains and appears at times, even in the hardest of hearts.   Deep in our Being He has placed a sense of eternity and the truth that He exists and we were created to be in relationship with Him.

Like the bird returning to its nest, or like the boat looking for safe harbour, or the soldier weary with homesickness, so we live our lives navigating through its storms, deeply sensing our own homing instinct for glory, for the Father God, for the green pastures, and the quiet waters of the place where He is.

Time flows like a bubbling stream, agitated and rolling over an uneven bed—such is our lives now.  Eternity though is still. It rests like a peaceful pond, quiet and tranquil, attractive and the place to be at home. There is a longing in all of us for that place; where He is we will be also.

And He has told us the way Home!  “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  And the son said, “‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the Father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.  And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate! For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found’” (Luke 15:21-24).

Welcome Home.

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” (Revelation 21:3)

"For Thou has made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee."  (Augustine Confessions  1.1.1)