by Corey Bullock – Ahwatukee Campus Pastor
This morning we woke the kids up at 5am, threw them in the van and headed for the airport. Being that holidays are kind of big for a pastor, we have to find creative ways of celebrating with our families around this time of year. This year we went back to Kentucky for an early Christmas with my family. My little girl was so excited to go back to “Tucky” and see the snow. Of course I couldn’t guarantee her there would be any, but she didn’t give up hope. We saw lot’s of rain – some of it freezing – and watched the trees outside turn to crystal as the water froze to its branches. She wanted so bad to play in the snow, but as you probably well know, it’s not too much fun to play in sleet. Regardless, we put our snow clothes on and went for a walk down Cherrywood Dr. to the old bridge and watched the cold water rush under while the trees sparkled. I’m glad she forced me to take her outside.
As we drove to Louisville this morning, Keyli got what she really wanted. As we approached the airport snow began to fall and stick at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to play in it, because we had to go home. Home – that’s a fuzzy concept isn’t it. When I was preparing to head out to Kentucky I kept telling people that I was going home for the week. When I was staying at my folks place they made us feel at home. As I drove the old roads, played basketball in the old gym, visited the old mall they all had the familiarity of home. However, as we boarded the plan this A.M. I couldn’t help but feel that we were heading home to sunny Arizona. As I entered the house we rent and rolled our luggage in a sensation of home came over me.
I would be interested to hear – what makes home, home to you?
Is it familiarity? Is it the place you reside? Is it found memories or people who you love? Is it the place you raised your kids? Is it where you find security? Is it the your church home? Is it where you choose to find rest or feel you belong?
Here are just a couple of thoughts that have guided me as I ponder the topic of home in my own life. Abraham, by faith, made his home in the in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign land. Paul tells the Corinthian believers “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. Jesus exhorts that “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.” Then he explains, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”