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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The sure provisions of my God
attend me all my days;
O may your house be my abode,
and all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest,
while others go and come;
no more a stranger, or a guest,
but like a child at home.

Isaac Watts’s “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”
(tune: Resignation)
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

“Like a child at home” resonates deeply with me. To be cared for and nurtured, to find settled rest, these are all things I associate with my home in Indianapolis. I love going home to my parents’ house, there really is no better feeling. No matter how old I get, I always want the approval of my parents; I always want them to care for me; I will always be their child. However, I cannot always go home and be nurtured for by them.

After living in Chicago now for almost six years, I have created a different kind of home for myself here. I will always be Christ’s child, always, and the closer I am to him in my walk of faith, the more the tangible ideas of home in Indianapolis do not seem as important. Home is where I find peace in Christ.

We have all heard the saying “Home is where the heart is.” The more I pursue Christ, the more I dwell in him and his safety. 

Lord, I pray that you continually show me how to find rest in your presence. Help me to remember that you will provide for me and that your company is the only thing that I need to abide in when I feel lost. Amen.

Written by Ashley Elskus, Director, Center for Life and Learning

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