There is no place like home...
It is a phrase I’ve heard many times. I’ve even said it myself occasionally after a long hard day or too much time on the road. But after the last week in Haiti, I’ve learned a little more about what “home” really means.
As many of you know, I was a part of a Team of people working in Haiti. The church where I am privileged to serve has a Haiti Campus with a school, medical clinic, church, and orphanage in Deyemone – an area hit by Hurricane Matthew – an area on the southwestern peninsula of the country.
And as my plane landed in The United States, my heart ached to hug those I love. The reality of such a tremendous experience leaves reflection and reevaluation of who we are as people and what our role is in the Kingdom of God. On an even smaller, more personal scale, I felt a deep appreciation for my wife, my parents, my children and grandchildren; the people on our staff; the people in our congregation; and the people of our community.
Today, I am hugging people I love a little bit tighter. My heart desires to invest in the people who matter to me. I want to say thank you to those who on a daily basis reach out to me. And I want to be more intentional in Kingdom work.
The frailty of life reached me in the 150mph winds of Hurricane Matthew.
It isn’t that I didn’t realize it before, but it reached me at a level I had never experienced. All the stuff…all the petty issues…all the distractions we inundate our lives with compare very little when life itself is threatened.
Some of you are going to receive an extra hug from me – just expect it. And my heart wants to extend more intentional “thank you’s” and timely investments in people.
My gratitude to all of you who prayed for me can never be properly expressed, but please know, your prayers were felt. They reached us despite the wind and debris, the mudslides and collapsing bridges, and the destruction for miles and miles. It is in the splendor of the King that I rejoice – in His Majesty, His Greatness, His unrelenting faithfulness, and His unfailing love for me, for you, for all those who want to be a part of His amazing story unfolding before us.
Home is not a structure, or size, or price tag. Home has nothing to do with furnishings, colors of paint, or interior design. Home doesn’t have a landscaped yard, patio furniture, or even a really nice gas grill. Home displays itself in a community of people who are loyal, committed, supportive, and inclusive.
Home is where my heart is.
Psalm 121:7, “The LORD will keep you from all harm– He will watch over your life;”