Friday – October 25, 2013; Psalm 84:1-7

1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
4 Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise. Selah
5 Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6 As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs;
  the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

We would love to have our homes be happy places, safe places, places of joy and togetherness right out of a TV family drama (or comedy); however, this vision is often out of our reach as we live in the real world and have to deal with the sometimes chaotic life of a single parent family.

In the real world, our homes can become messy, disorganized, loud and sometimes even a little bit contentious…but this is all normal for a busy family, where time, patience and money may be in short supply

It is okay if our home is not a dream house of bliss and peace, most of us are too busy for that, and would probably find it uncomfortable to live in such a house; what is important is that we keep our homes filled with love and compassion…even if there is still chaos on an occasion or three.

When my daughter was younger I used to stress over keeping the house clean, as I wanted it to be a nice place for her to be…but still it got messy!  One day I was going to forego a trip out to the park with my daughter so that we could clean, and a friend told me that I was making a bad choice, she said my daughter would remember the park much more fondly than the clean house, and she was right!  We went to the park and had a great time, even though we came back to a messy house!

In time, I learned that home can be a safe place, a retreat from the world, and even a place of togetherness and joy….even if it is messy (in more ways than one).  A home can be cluttered and disorganized, unsettled and a little chaotic, but still be home: a safe place to express our fears and frustrations as well as our love for one another.

No matter where we live, in a mansion, a suburban tract house, a townhouse, a city apartment, a trailer or a tent….whether or homes are spotless or a bit messy and filled with noise and animals (like mine); our homes can be the dwelling place of God, as long as we live our faith out loud every day, sharing it with our kids and all those who enter through our doorway.

Let us Pray

God, thank you for giving us your love and support, for making wherever we are feel like home as long as we keep you in our hearts.  Help us to live our faith out loud each day, sharing it with our children and our loved ones…as well as with strangers.  Please help us to make our homes, and our hearts your dwelling place, a place of peace and joy, a sanctuary in the midst of our sometimes chaotic lives.
 
Amen  

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