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Monday, March 11, 2019

Home is where the love is shared

You’ve heard the old adage; “home is where the heart is.” Well, my experience with turtles tells me that “home is where the shell is.” A turtle’s shell is literally a part of its living body. They carry on their person at all times the place within which they can take refuge. If danger comes and they are too far away from their burrow they can retreat inside of their shell; this home they have that is a refuge and a place of safety. I think we are like turtles as much as we always carry within ourselves all that is needed to make any place home. I’ve lived in the Pennsylvania cities and towns of Pittsburgh, Guys Mills, Altoona, Hollidaysburg, and Wellsboro. I’ve visited places in Florida, Montana, Delaware, New York and others. There has been something about every one of these places that made each feel like home, and that variable is love that’s been shared. Without fail there have been opportunities to experience God’s love in every place I’ve been. The love of God is to us as a shell is to a turtle; it has the power to make any place feel like home. Allow me remind us all that God’s love is a love that is patient and kind; it is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not seek its own way and keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices when the truth wins out. It never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I want to invite us all to re-imagine what home is. What if we consider home not so much as a geographic location but more as the relational space where God’s love is shared? Friends, that relational space is sacred space indeed. As surely as the Spirit of God abides in us we are empowered to make any place feel like home to someone who may really need it by sharing with them a love that is patient, kind, and everything else that God’s love is. What will you do to make someone feel at home today?
(Gopher tortoises along the Intercoastal Waterway Trail in Venice, Florida)

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