Thought for the Day: As I mentioned yesterday, I am preaching from John 14 today. There are a handful of images in scripture that seize the imagination of my spirit, and this would be one of them. There are those who find the image of house or home not so pleasant because of an unhealthiness within the dwelling that should have known only safety and comfort and love. For me, it carries plenty of joy-filled memories, especially when I draw upon the recollections of gatherings with extended family, great uncles and aunts, and some folks we called aunt and uncle, but later I would learn how they were friends of the family. When I hear Jesus speak of “his Father’s house,” the emotional memory is very vivid and intense. It’s not that I am nostalgic, wanting to return. It is more gratitude for what it was and what it continues to be for me. Our task is to create the experience of the Father’s house in the here and now – doing so as the church, the Body of Christ, for the purpose of creating a grace-filled home for all of God’s creation.
Prayer: May all human beings find a home, O God, where welcome and joy permeate the experience. It might be with family, or simply with those who have filled a gap in one’s life. However it comes together, may it know your blessings. Amen.
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