Finding Home this Christmas by Les Hollon

Finding Home this Christmas by Les Hollon

 

Home. Just hearing the word stirs deep feelings within us. Why? Because we were made for home, that place & people where we know we belong. Our ultimate home-place begins with God whose centering love enables us to belong here on earth and forever in heaven. This Christmas find your true home, the home that lasts forever.

God builds an eternal home for you. This is Jesus’ message. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust…In my Father’s house are many rooms…Where I go you may come…” (John 14:1-6). Maybe you wonder at times if this is too good to be true. Hmm. Consider what we do when we are at our best, would God do any less than what we are willing to do?

For instance: Consider how a home makes the seemingly impossible possible. Laura (Sally) Bussey, a former long-time TBC member who recently passed away, grew up in East Texas. One day, shortly aer she graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor, she was asked by a Mr. Taylor (Lady Bird Johnson’s Dad) to teach in a small “out of the way” country school. She didn’t think she and her newly married husband could do that because of the drive involved. He said, “Well, what if I build a house for you?”

She said, “Yes.” So he did. She did. Therefore she had a “home” for her new career and her new family.

We are at “home” wherever we are if we are at home with God. Because “home” is dwelling in a loving relationship with God that enables us to love others and ourselves. This home begins imperfectly on earth and is transformed perfectly in heaven. All God asks of us is to trust Him and to help make the ways of heaven known on earth. is is Christmas’ call, to find our true home with God–like Mary & Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men. This call stirs inside us as we sing the Christmas carols & hymns. We feel it in how Bethlehem satisfies our longing, where “the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

And this is the “amazing grace” that gave a dying, homeless thief on the cross a home – “today you will be with me in paradise.” With God, we are never homeless.