The Gift of Home

Dearly Beloved,

Blessings and peace to you on this day before Thanksgiving! I pray that whatever else this week holds for you, you will know God's presence and love. 

Our theme this Advent (which begins on Sunday) is "Close to Home." As a Third Culture Kid, questions about home and belonging have been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember, and reflections on these questions have regularly appeared in my written musings. I am privileged to be able to feel at home almost anywhere (that has certainly been the case as I have moved across the United States and around the world), and yet there is also almost always a sense of homesickness for places, people and parts of myself that I have left behind. I live in this liminal space of being at home everywhere and also nowhere. 

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I invite you to reflect on these questions:
What does home mean to you? 
Where do you find home? 
What is the home that God calls us to build? 
How is our church home changing, growing and adapting? 
What are touchpoints for you in our church life together? 

As we reflect on and celebrate the gift of home this week and this Advent season, we also hold our longings for the home that God calls us to build -- that beloved community that we catch glimpses of but that has certainly not come into fruition yet. 

I hope and pray that hope, peace, joy and love are yours this Thanksgiving and in the coming days of Advent as we prepare our hearts, homes and world for the coming of Christ.

Thandiwe