January 23, 2014
Our True Home ~~ Martin B. Copenhaver
In you, O Lord, I seek refuge. Psalm 31:1a
Home. Whether we re responding to the presence or the absence of something called home, the word itself seems to each in the deeper recesses of our hearts. Of course, a home is so much more than a house. A house is a piece of real estate. A home is a place, or a dream of a place, where you feel uniquely at home, a place in which you feel you belong. It is a place where you can seek refuge from the world an dare refreshed to face the world again. Whether you live alone or with others, it is a place where you don’t have to explain everything. It is a place where you can be yourself, for better or for worse, and usually it is both. And in the home of our dreams, at least, it is a place where you feel accepted, loved even. It is where, in the words of Robert Frost, “When you gotta go there, they gotta take you in.”
There are not many places like that in this world, and we all need such a place. Perhaps that is why this psalm speaks of God as a home: “In you, O Lord, I seek refuge.” In fact, the psalmist affirms that God is our true home. So our longing for a home in which we feel accepted, loved, and safe may be nothing less than our longing for the shelter of God, our true home.
PRAYER: Oh God, you have been our dwelling place in all generations, our true home. May I know in every moment that you invite me to seek refuge in you. Amen.
God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 25.