By Pastor Justin Danielson, Parkview Christian Church
Home can be defined as a place of residence, a familiar or usual setting, or a place of origin by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary.
What do you think of when you hear the word “home”? Maybe it’s the house or place you currently live in, the place you grew up, or a place of comfort. Home for you may bring up many different thoughts and emotions.
When my family and I were moving to Centralia a couple of years ago, we were in the market to buy a house. We looked and looked, but finally decided on something we never thought we would ever do. We had a house built. There is a lot that goes into building a house from the plans on paper, to the concrete work to the frame and interior and exterior materials being put up. Our family couldn’t wait until our house became a home…a place we could have friends and church members over to hang out or shoot hoops, a place to laugh and cry, a place to sit down to share a meal, a place to study God’s Word with others.
Home has a sense of security so to speak, a place to belong and an address to put down when you fill out a form. But, not everyone has a place to call home. We think of those living in their cars or standing at the city intersections as homeless. As Christians we are actually “homeless” on this place we call earth. Why? Because this is not our “home”.
I have to continually remind myself of this when the things around me seem so chaotic and out of sorts, like the times we are living in right now. Watching the news reminds us that this current home is a mess. From elections to the pandemic and racial injustice, I have to remind myself I am a sojourner – a person that resides temporarily in a place. Living on this earth is temporary…
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.