Songs About Homecoming

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”  John 14:1-4

“We wander in our thousands over the face of the earth, the illustrious and the obscure, earning beyond the seas our fame, our money, or only a crust of bread; but it seems to me

that for each of us going home must be like going to render an account.”

― Joseph Conrad

“All the poems of the poet who has entered into his poethood are poems of homecoming.” 

― Martin Heidegger

I have always enjoyed songs about homecoming. There is something special and emotional about coming home. And returning home can hold a number of meanings: returning to your childhood home, returning to childhood home or even the future we all face in moving from this life to the next.

The difficulty is this life is when we experience a untethering from our sense of home. Our sense of home means we feel like we have a place in the world. However, through hardships and tragedies we can feel displaced. For some of us, this comes through losing our physical home. During these seasons it is easy to feel vulnerable and afraid.

Homecomings are essential to life because they keep us grounded. However, our sense of home does require a physical space. If we think about a good home, one of the essential ingredients is a place where we feel a sense of connection and belonging. It is a place in which we feel safe. And this is a invitation given to all of us in the presence of God.

Take a moment to recall those places where you have felt a sense of belonging. Is God offering an invitation in this season to come into His presence and experience a sense of home? Also, as I speak to homes, I would also encourage you to be aware of some of the issues surrounding Yorktown and the question of Eminent Domain. I recognize this may be a contentious issue, but I would urge you to look into this issue and ask good questions to make sure that everyone in our community can feel safe in their home.
 
Pastor Peter Curts