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Finding our forever home

 

“I don’t know what it is about small towns or the people and places that occasionally call us back. Perhaps it’s because some of us need to belong to something or somebody. Maybe home for others is an idea or belief rather than a geologic location. Any way you dice it, a place to put down roots from which to grow is not a bad thing. ... for some people, the soil remains, memories persist, and home continues to be shelter from the hitches in the road we travel.” -- photographer Keith Carter, whose photos of small-town Texas are captured in From Uncertain to Blue

Home. For many, this simple word evokes feelings of warmth, security, love, and comfort. For others, it’s the spur that drives them out into the world, seeking these very things, which were lacking in the environments where they grew up. For others still, never having experienced a true home, due to disjointed family life or foster-care situations, home is a foreign concept.

As people of faith, we are called home, to where our hearts are, where our souls find rest.

God is home. And with God is all the warmth, security, comfort, and love we will ever need. In this life, if we are blessed to know it, we can experience a shadow of that home in our own homes. We can provide a shadow of that home for those around us -- not only our families and loved ones, but any who seek shelter from the storms of this life.

In our lives, through our caring and nurturing, by our example, we can be for others “ ... shelter from the hitches in the road we travel.”

Lord, may we be shelter for others, as we journey to you, our home. May we offer hope, comfort, warmth, and love to guide those around us to find you, our forever home. In your Son’s name we pray. Amen.

“How lovely your dwelling, O Lord of hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord. My heart and flesh cry out for the living God. As the sparrow finds a home and the swallow a nest to settle her young, my home is by your altars ...” (Psalm 84:2-4).

Find your way home with the Easter people of St. Ann’s as they prepare for Pentecost. Masses are at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., noon (Spanish), and 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.stannlv.org.

 
 
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