Friday 27 February
By David Plews, Congregational Learning Development Worker, Mission and Discipleship
To feel safe is to feel at home. Rest is found when stress and anxiety relent. These two themes of 'rest' and 'home' are seen throughout the scriptures: God promising rest to those God loves; and God's people on a journey to a promised land which will be their home. This call to come home is a spiritual one but the spiritual must become "real" in the very same way that God became human: we move from the invisible to the visible.
Let's pause for a moment to think what it means to come home. Let words and pictures come to mind.
For me, coming home at the end of the working day is about leaving all the worries of the day at the front-door, enjoying a nice meal in a warm kitchen and relaxing for the evening with a good book or watching a television show. It is glaringly simple and mundane: but the ability to do this is precious. I feel safe and secure: commodities which are scarce in the world.
For many in the world this ability to come home to a place of rest is threatened by a lack of provision. Due to structures and systems outwith their control, they are prevented from making their home a place of rest; a place of provision and security. God became real to us through Jesus Christ; let us help the place of 'home' become real for others through generous prayer and thoughtful giving.
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