Home is where your heart is. How often have you heard that expression? We often hear it over the holidays as we travel to celebrate with family and friends. For many of us, our childhood home is no longer. Parents have moved, retired, or passed away. For us this year, we celebrated in our new home and if felt a little different, maybe not quite yet like home for our children, but home for Maurice and I.
I am sure many of you can relate to the experience of visiting parents or family members in new homes and things are slightly different. Some of our favorite items may be missing, things are in different locations, but hopefully the love is still between the walls and new lasting memories can be made. Maybe your traditions will remain the same or maybe you will create new family traditions that fit more with the new season of life that your family may be experiencing.
Home. When Jesus began His ministry, He never truly had a place to lay His head and call home on earth. He traveled with His disciples, teaching, sharing the love of His heavenly Father with the people who came to Him. He stayed with those who offered Him lodging, He shared meals with those society called “sinners” and “outcasts,” and He sought out those in society who were marginalized. To all people Jesus offered an eternal home in heaven. He simply called upon them to believe He was the promised Messiah. Believe by faith and come to Him.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus’ capacity to love is endless and He truly sees into the heart of each of us. His home was with us, his children, for a time, until God’s appointed time had come and He was called home, yet the heart of Jesus is still with us. To those of us who recognize Him as our Savior, He lives within us helping us to spread His love with those around us. We have the greatest blessing this time of year to share His love with our words and actions.
Where is your heart this season? For many, this time of year is not full of joy, we are missing loved ones we have lost and we are longing to experience a comfort the world cannot provide. God sees your loss and He sees your heart. Come to Him this season with your pain and share it with Him in prayer.
I pray in these last few remaining days leading to Christmas, you will sense God’s love for you and that He will open your eyes to His presence in your life. His heart longs for you to call out to Him and I pray you have time today to take a silent moment and rest in presence of the One who offers you comfort, rest and unconditional love.