Pastor's Monthly Message for January 2010

A Way Home

Home is where the heart is. Home is where mother and father are. Home is where children play and think about the holiday past and wonder what bright and beautiful surprises lay ahead. Home is where we long to be and where we need to be, especially at Christmas time. The spirit of the season reminds us that we are members of a family, that we are brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.

Our world is such that we cannot always be home and there are many in this season who will not be with the ones they love. Our occupations, educations, and all other aspects of our life frequently draw us apart, separate us from the home we love.
But there is a way home — The birth of Christ promises us that way home and not merely in the ultimate sense. Although geography may come between us, our love for one another —which is a sign of the love of Christ — can make us one.

When Jesus prayed for his disciples shortly before his crucifixion, He said, "Neither pray I for thee alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: that they may be one; as Thou, Father, art in me and I in Thee".
There is no substitute for being home but, just as "home is where the heart is" the heart can take us home, or nearly there. As Christ's love reaches across the time and distance of creation to call us home to our Father, so our love for one another can be a bridge between family members pulling us closer together, no matter how far we are apart.

So in a sense there is a way home to one another and to God. Though we have wandered far, the joy of Christmas is its promise that the star of Bethlehem is a true beacon and a sure way home. Because of Jesus, because of His birth and ultimate sacrifice, because of Christmas, no one need wander or wonder. No one is without home or a way to find it.

Pastor Hans Lillejord