❝How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts! * My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. The sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; * by the side of your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Happy are they who dwell in your house! * they will always be praising you. Happy are the people whose strength is in you! * whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.❞ Psalm 84:1-4
Reflection by Ray Moreno
As many of you know, I moved several times in my formative years. Immokalee, El Campo, Tampa, Augusta, and most recently Tifton, are just a few of the places that I have lived and called home. Each has its unique memory and emotional tone. Comfort, peace, rest, and purpose. These are essential elements that define those places I have affectionately referred to as “home.”
The true feeling of home has been created in my life when that place, however modest, has centered on God, family, and friends. A home provides a place for me to devote time and space to each. A place to provide and receive comfort, peace, rest, and purpose for all and from all who enter.
A humble manger in Bethlehem, a camp in Egypt, a permanent dwelling in Nazareth, and the majestic temple in Jerusalem. These were places that Jesus called home. Each nourished Jesus with comfort, peace, rest and purpose, and provided a place for him to nourish others.
As I prepare for Advent, I am reminded to fill my space intentionally with the essential elements of home. Sharing those essentials with others nourishes them. And in so doing, I am again nourished.
I appreciate the song “Home” by Phillip Phillips. It reminds us all to “make this place your home.”