Thursday, July 18, 2013

There's No Place Like Home

"There's no place like home.  There's no place like home."

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Probably every American since 1939 is familiar with this sentence.  Dorothy repeats it to herself in the movie "The Wizard of Oz," tapping her ruby slippers together as the formula to send herself back home to Kansas.

As beautiful and magical as technicolor Oz has been, all Dorothy has wanted since her windy arrival is to return to black and white Kansas.  You see, even when home is black and white, it is still "where the heart is."  Or as I heard it described once, "home is where they have to let you in."

As Christians, we often feel out of place in this world in which we live.  The prevailing sentiments of society often seem to run against our beliefs and values.  The laws of the land even sometimes seem to turn away from what the founding fathers  intended when penning our most basic tenets.  

But we need to remember that we, like Dorothy, are just visitors here -- as she was in Oz.  We are citizens of another city, a better city.  Our true home, our dwelling place is heavenly for the Lord Himself is our dwelling place. 

Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

The Scriptures also tell us that "in Him we live, and move, and have our being; (Act 17:28.)  We are always "in Him."   There is no where we go that we have out-run the borders of the dwelling place of our Lord.  We are always safe within His realm, we are always  under His watchful eye, His protective care.  As His child, we are always "home."

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