A from the DCE: Happy Mother's Day

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

In providing a comforting image for His distressed disciples, Jesus gave them a sense of home.  Not only are they promised a home – but they are promised His home in His family with His Father.

We all have an image of home.  On this Mother’s Day weekend we often think of and thank the one who made it feel like home.  How many meals, band-aids, and hugs made it home?  How much laundering, cleaning, prayers, listening, teaching, and support made it home.  What are the events and memories that made it special? All this was possible because our mothers made it their life to give you life and a home. 

We trace the idea of home back to the first family. God brought Adam and Eve into His creation.  The Garden of Eden was their home and God dwelled with them.  Adam and Eve stumbled and were disobedient.  The perfect home was wrecked.  But our merciful God was determined to restore His family.

In my early twenties my family home burned and was declared a total loss.  It was a devastating event, and we all wondered what sort of home our future had in store.  The assurances and support we had at that time were crucial to us in that time of loss.

Homes in the temporal world are where we gather and shelter and reunite.  These places are not the promised place and true home.  For the truth is that we have the same promise Jesus made to His disciples in John Chapter 14.  He has prepared it.  His life makes The Father’s House our home.

Today and every day we have the opportunity to bring others home.  A mansion awaits the eternally homeless.  There are many rooms, and there is a place for everyone you bring home to Jesus.  May the Spirit bring home lost souls through our loving witness, sharing the life we have in Christ.                                                         

Mark Thompson