25 Days of Christmas - HOME

HOME - by Sean Francisco

Home to me is safety, sanctity, welcoming...love. I have always thought of home as family. We did not have much when I was growing up, but we were always together. We always made the most of our time together. Most of the time I did not know how little we had because we were happy. In my adolescence this became MY first church; the one I chose to attend and made sure I got myself there. Many days I walked the mile and a half to attend. Some nights I would go and pray by myself in the sanctuary (back when churches still allowed you to do that). This became my new home. Safety, sanctity, welcoming and love. I came to realize without the foundation of the Church home that no other home could ever reach it’s full potential. And that potential is someday finding ourselves in the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father in his celestial home he has made for us. Any home is what we make it. It’s always made better and truer through the love of Christ.

“I pray, Heavenly Father of our universal family please watch over me and all of my brothers and sisters. May we learn and hold dear to your Word as children soaking in the bench mark lessons of life. May we look to you always. May we treat our homes as our church, loving and preaching to one another, providing strength and encouragement. And May we some day be able to stand at the threshold of Heaven you have made for us, and hear you say “welcome home” as you take us into your eternal keep.”

Micah 4:1-5

In the last days

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.

2 Many nations will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 3 He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. 4 Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken. 5 All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

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