July 26, 2017: Finding Home

~by Louis Templeman


In every religious tradition and self-help program, we hear story after story of how humility has brought strength out of weakness. Pain is always involved in this process. It is the ticket into recovery, good sense, maturity and living well. And, humility brings us to relief from this pain. This experience, if kept up in a trudging persistence, begins to feel like home. Some of us do not exactly know the experience of home. But, somewhere deep down even the “homeless” know there is such a place, specific to themselves. Where is home? What does it mean to be home?

The healing heart of the wounded soul enters a new notion of peace, an unfamiliar entry into hope and steadiness and control. It may be fragile. But, it is new and it is real.  It is home. Somehow, the seeker can tell he/she is there – right where she needs to be. There is an unfamiliar but, comfortable, feeling of acceptance. It is as if he is thinking (or, knowing) “I am here. I am accepted. I won’t be turned away.”

“The deepest sickness is homesickness,” Frederick Buechner.

Ultimately, this home is the manger; where Jesus is. Where love is all. And, all is forgiven. Home is the touchstone. It is the core of how you define yourself. Home is where you can go back no matter where you have been or how long you have been away. Home is now. Home is waiting.

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Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D. Louis has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is fighting the good fight. Much of what he writes these days he is sharing his journey with us. Please keep Louis and his wife Joy in your prayers.

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