Home is Where the Heart is

Have you ever used this proverb? What comes to mind when you hear the words “Home is Where the Heart is?” Perhaps you are reminded of Elvis Presley’s song of that name. Maybe it is the British Comedy series that comes to mind.

The origin of the proverb is unclear. Usages of the expression can be first traced to the mid-nineteenth century. The earliest seems to be in the writings of Joseph Neal in 1847. Some would attribute it to Scottish poet Robert (Rabbie) Burns.

The proverb can be understood in two different ways. First, it can mean that wherever our loved ones are, that is our home. I may live in Kenora, Ontario but if my loved ones are in Antigonish, Nova Scotia my heart will be east. The second way we can understand this proverb is that our heart is focused around the family home. You know the type. They have banners and sweatshirts and hats all declaring where they are from. There is a slight difference between the two. It is a difference of cause and effect. In the first, love makes us feel at home. Love is what gives us a strong sense of community and welcome. In the second place home makes us feel loved. Home is where I seek genuine and unconditional love.

A home is not just a house, or a place where you grew up – It is where we feel most at home. A person’s home is defined both by what and whom they love AND what a person loves can be described as their home.

In the 90th Psalm (We’ll be looking at it Sunday) the psalmist says: “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.” What is a dwelling place? It is where you live, your home. This statement declares that God has been the home of His people ever since they have been on the earth. In all generations, God is where they continually live. God exists as a home for His people.

As we head into 2018 as the people of God at Community Bible Church may I encourage you to seriously contemplate where it is that you find your community and where you seek your love? May each one of our hearts find rest and home in HIM who is our true home.

See You Sunday,

Pastor Byron