Where We Love Is Home

Where we love is home- home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. Oliver Wendel Holmes, Sr.

Meditation: Having immigrated to the US from Germany 24 years ago, I thought that the US had become my home, and in many ways it has. Most of the time I consider home where my husband, my children and I live, and where my work and my church are. But when I am on vacation in Germany, I am reminded that extended family and friends from my early years are also home, because I love them. I do not miss Germany as a culture that much, as I can buy German chocolate, German bread and wine in the US. However, what I can’t “buy” are those love connections that go way back to my childhood. Therefore, I will always have to see myself as someone having at least two homes, and always missing one.

Prayer: God of Love, when we choose to leave the home we know, we often miss it. And then there are times when we lose our home without choosing it. We feel lost and even “homeless” when that happens. Jesus invites us to ground ourselves in Your love, so that we always have a home. Remind us of your loving presence. When life changes and we feel overwhelmed, let us find our home in You. Now and in the life to come. Amen

In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2