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Yesterday I was reminded of the call to come home.  The focus of the Ash Wednesday service was “return”.  This focus led to the concept of the Lord calling to us to come home.  We even sang the hymn “Softly and Tenderly”  which contains these lyrics:

Come home, come home,
Ye who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling
Calling, O sinner, come home!

I can just picture Jesus standing there with arms extended out and saying these words.  What a great way to start a Lenten journey!

As I have continued to give this message some thought, I realize that now that my parents are dead and the home which I grew up in is sold, I really do not have a physical home from my youth to return to any more.  However, that does not mean that I do not have a home which can be my destination.  If you believe the saying, “Home is where your heart is,” then as long as you know where your heart is, you know where home is for you.

While preparing to write this post, I looked up at my collection of mugs which sits on the top of my built-in bookshelves of my office.  One mug caught my eye.  It is the mug which I purchased when I went out to Newport Beach, OR for the wedding of a very dear and close friend.  While I was there, I had the great joy of touring some lighthouses in the area.  The mug has the drawings of those lighthouses and a few from the Oregon cost.  The lighthouse image also connected with my thoughts of returning home.  The place where my heart is stands as a beacon, much like a lighthouse, reminding me of the way back home.

As I continue to journey through this season of Lent, I will remember that it started with a call to come home.  My true and permanent home is with the Lord.  So I continue my journey to that home.  In the meantime, the Lord has provided me a home in this portion of life, it is where my heart is, and I will always strive to return home.



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