“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His court with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100: 4-5

Homecoming

Due to the fact that my home and office are in the same building I travel far less than most working people in Istanbul. This week though, on one day I spent more than six hours travelling. Finally on my way home, late in the evening, I found myself in an almost empty metro carriage until we reached a station where the whole train suddenly filled up with Galatasaray soccer fans returning from a match. I realized that I had spent most of the day with thousands of people moving around this megacity and yet I didn’t know any of them. As I experienced a sense of loneliness in the crowd I was very grateful that I belonged to a community where on Sundays we can enjoy fellowship as we worship together.
I have become more aware of the fact that we all long for a homecoming after reading a book last year entitled ‘Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement’ (Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian J. Walsh) For the refugee homecoming may be moving to a new country, for the expat it is perhaps returning to a home country, for others it may be finding the right spouse and establishing a family.
During the past year news reports regularly informed us of homes being destroyed: in the war in Libya, by floods in the Philippines, due to earthquakes in south eastern Turkey and a tsunami in Japan. It reminded me of the fact that all homes are temporary and therefore cannot provide a true homecoming.
Jesus said in John 15:4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you”.
On Sunday as we worship together and enjoy community we can experience a sense of homecoming because Jesus came to us so that we can find a home in Him.