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October 9, 2014, 9:08 AM

Coming Home

“Home” is a good word to most of us. It is filled with images of childhood, support, warmth, and love. It is the place where we all belong.

In the fall of the year we enter the season of coming home. It is marked by special events in each of the next three months:
At First Christian Church in San Marcos we have begun to celebrate a Homecoming in October. It is a time for us to experience reunion with old friends and new, to remember who we were and celebrate who we are becoming. Our first Homecoming was last October, and it was a memorable event. Rev Jimmy Cobb, former pastor of our church, was our keynote speaker. At our fellowship lunch he officiated at the opening of the 25-year time capsule. This year another former pastor, Rev Rod Coleman, will keynote our Homecoming. And we will have a group photo taken, to commemorate this milestone in our church life. We will also collect items for a 2nd time capsule, to be opened in 2039.
Then, in November, we have another homecoming experience as we celebrate with our entire nation the season of Thanksgiving. It is another time of remembrance of who we are as a nation and people. It's also an event that brings families together for a day or a week—for good food, good conversation, OK, maybe for viewing some football, and for love. Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to remember where we have come from with gratitude for blessings we know we have received. But in our hectic and sometimes too stressful lives we can lose the sense of well being that is ours. Sharing thanksgiving with people we love reminds us that we really can come home.
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Finally, in Christmas we remember again the love of God expressed in the first advent—the “coming”-- of his Son. And it's a time to look forward to a final advent/coming in the future. Christmas fills me with mixed emotions. It has become of time of budgeting and buying gifts and spending time and money that adds to our already over-filled schedules and commitments. On the other hand, it can be a wonderful experience of sharing and joy and thinking about the hope that God has visited us and will do so again.
Coming home should be a continual state of mind. It speaks of a journey, and it speaks of a destination. It describes a quality of life. Coming home is the promise Jesus has made to his disciples. "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3 (NIV)

So here it is: Your invitation to come home!

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