How many homes have you had? Home defined as an address you've lived at for at least three months? 23 for me. 25 if I count our trailer and our van (they don't get their own address).
Our faith ancestors had countless family homes, and as a people moved from homeland to homeland. Garden, ark, Canaan, Egypt, the wilderness, Canaan again, Babylon, exile into nearly all the lands of this earth.
How can we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? cry Judeans in exile, May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, Jerusalem. Psalm 137
Judeans in exile also hear God's call to make home, to find home, in that foreign land. Seek the peace of the city in which you dwell. Plant gardens, grow and harvest, grow your families, too.
Daniel's home flooded 15 months ago and he's been staying in a nearby town. A few of his cousins live on the same street and have been staying other places, too. One cousin moved back a couple weeks ago and as I cleaned trim to put back in Daniel's house, this cousin came over to chat. When he told me "there's no place like home," it didn't sound cliche.
What makes home?
God has always been in all places, all around, within and among us. Acts 17: 24 But our faith ancestors came to know this along their journey, from the Ark of the Covenant to the Temple to Torah, giving God the safest home they knew along the way.
And for Christians, Christ connects us to our true home in God in all places and spaces.
We make home, we find home, with each other, where two or three are gathered.
We make home, we find home, as the beauty of creation startles us awake to God with us, within us, around us, among us.