Monday, August 18, 2008

building a home

There is truly no place like home.  There is that place that is more than just a place where there is rest, acceptance and a place to grow and to be raised.  Home is not a house, really, it is some kind of relationship center.  It's where husbands and wives are also moms and dads and where children are also brothers and sisters.  It's where the problems of living that go with growing up, growing away and growing old can surface and be addressed in an atmosphere of agape love.  It struck me that when a man and woman marry they aren't just realizing the fulfillment of great personal needs.  They are also creating something much bigger than themselves: a new home.  There is some wonderful chemistry that mixes man and woman and adds a blend of children with spices of grandparents and friends to establish this most important relationship center.  I think that's why marital discord and divorce are especially sad.  Once the marriage is in place, it's no longer just about two individual people.  It's about the home that swirls in and through that marriage.  One can understand that, in this respect, divorce is often something like splitting the atom with damaging forces that go far beyond just that cell.  The wonder of the home is part of the great mystery God fashions when two become one and a new place of rest, acceptance, healing and growth emerges.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
Rob Smith

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