There’s no place like home!
Mid pleasures and palaces,
Though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble,
There’s no place like home.
Rather a sentimental song, but very true there really is “no place like home.”
Welcome back to Spain if , like us. You have just returned after the long hot Summer! Perhaps you have been back to the U.K. for the much cooler weather, or travelled to another country where the weather gives a slight relief from the excessive heat of Spain.
We found that France, even southern France, is considerably cooler than Spain in July and August. But, much as we enjoy the difference in the weather, as well as being with our family, we are always glad to get home again at the end of August.
“Home is where the heart is” – An old English expression with which we are all familiar, but it is very true. Although some people have homes in two different countries, like Spain and the U.K., I think you would agree that usually they regard one or other as their real home, even though they might spend six months in one, and six months in the other. There is usually one place in which they feel more comfortable, more ” at home ” than the other; there is usually one place in which they have everything they need, while in the other place they just keep the possessions they are likely to want for the time they are there.
During the years when we were travelling around in our motor-home, we had no “house” in either England or Spain. The motor-home was actually our “home” during that time,. But I must admit, much as we enjoyed the different places we visited, we did find it a trifle unsettling and were quite glad, in some ways, when we finally established a “home” in Spain.
Yet Jesus said, “There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that were not so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you ? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you soon so you can live where I live.”
The Message, John’s Gospel, Ch. 14, verse 2.
What a glorious truth ! God is our Father, and He has a home for us. The Bible tells us that our Heavenly home is beautiful beyond our wildest imagination, and a place where” there will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain.”
We are told that God will ” wipe away all tears ” from our eyes.
I find that to be such a tender, lovely image — that God, the Creator of the whole Universe, loves us so much, and wants to get so close to us, that He could actually wipe our eyes! You have to love someone very much, and be very, very close to them to do that. All we need to do is BELIEVE in Him. We need to ask His forgiveness for our sinful life, and begin to live a new life with Him, a life of freedom and joy.
During His earthly life Jesus experienced many times when He had no settled home. He was actually born in a town which was not the town where Mary, His mother, had been living until then.
The stable where He was born was a borrowed one, and shortly after His birth Mary and Joseph were forced to flee for safety to Egypt, and remain there for some time in exile before it was safe to return to their own land.
During His ministry Jesus had no home. He moved around the country with His disciples, from one place to another. He literally “had no place to lay His head.”
Written in August 2006 by friends: Barbara & Geoff Pears
Reproduced with permission
Page reviewed 21 June 2019