Monday, June 13, 2011

Where is Home?

This building looks exactly
 like the one I  grew up
 in in Chicago.   We lived
 on the first floor.
When I was little, I considered a two flat a couple of blocks west of Pulaski and a block north of Lawrence my home.  Being an only child, I had my own bedroom (painted apricot, just as I requested), and was just spoiled enough that the enclosed porch in the back was converted to a playroom (painted pink), which became the room I listened to music in when I got older.  We had arched doorways leading to the living room (painted off white) and dining room (painted light green), with a huge picture of Jesus in the Garden over our China cabinet.
Either this depicts Jesus in the Garden or when He cried out how
  He longed to gather His people like a hen gathers her chicks.

On the opposite wall was a picture of the Last Supper.  
My mother always bought pictures of the Last Supper (not necessarily this one,
 though this is the one that hung in our  dining room) as house warming gifts,
 unless she new the family already had one.

In the living room hung a painted portrait of my mother on her First Communion Day, a picture of me on my First Communion Day, my parent's wedding photo, and a collage of photos of friends and family.

None of these things made that house near Lawrence and Pulaski a home.   Oh, don't get me wrong.  I loved that my home included all of those things.   But that isn't what made them my home.   Indeed, when my Mother became ill and "temporarily" came to live with us, I'd do routine checks on that house, and already it no longer felt like home.   It was only home as long as someone who loved me was there.  Maybe that's why we tell people to make themselves at home when they visit.  It's like we are saying "Hey, you are loved here.  Don't be afraid to let your guard down! It's all good!"

I imagine that is also why we Christians say that our true home is in Heaven.   Who loves us more than God?  No one.  Who accepts us more fully, "as is"?   No one.  So then it only makes sense that Heaven is our real home.  And now with both my Momma and my Daddy there,   Heaven is an even more welcoming place, though it would seem impossible, like adding to infinity.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm not overly anxious to leave this world.   I have a wonderful husband who makes this world more "homey", and I dread the thought of leaving him in a world less loving with a house less homey.  But I have become more joyful at the prospect of Jesus preparing a home for us together in Heaven.  A home that includes those we love.


Lisa notes... said...

I know what you mean, Helen. Of course I want to go to heaven because Jesus is there, but I do look forward to it even more now that both my parents are also there. It is indeed our true and final home and I know it will be wonderful!

A Joyful Noise said...

I love those old paintings of the Bible stories. WOW, your mom collected the last supper and gave them as house warming gifts. I liked that. I also like your comment on one of the other posts, that Home to you was best when your husband came home and you could kiss and embrase and recount your day to each other.

Candy said...

I'm really looking forward to Home as well,, but I would totally let my guard down at your house ;)

Anonymous said...

your homes sound like very loving places.

Anne Lang Bundy said...

Oh how good it will be to make our final move home, and behold the precious face of our Lord Jesus!

Glynn said...

Ultimately, there's only one home. Even the best of what we know in this life simply can't compare to what that will be. Good post, Helen.

floyd said...

So true, nice point. A vacant house doesn't feel anything like someones home. Proof of the fact that we are spiritual beings I think.
I agree, love is the difference. God's love of course makes all the difference. Thanks for the reminder, I almost forgot how everyone use to say, "Come on in, make yourself at home."
Looking forward to the, "Well done my good and faithful servant. Welcome Home"...