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I’m not sure where I’m supposed to go now when I go home. I spent most of my growing up years in Southern California. When my parents divorced, they both chose to stay in the area, and I accepted a job there after college. My brother even moved back after getting married. It was always so easy to see each other and spend time together.

When I got married, I moved overseas and have been away from home for about six years. Nonetheless, it’s always seemed clear to me that home was California.

But my brother and his family have recently relocated to the Midwest and my mom is moving that way soon.   And my father thinks he’ll retire in Arizona in the next few years. So where will I go when I want to go home?

Where is Home?

Generations ago, it wasn’t unusual for an extended family to live their whole lives on the same acres of land. Family and neighbors were often synonymous. But in today’s fast paced world, this often isn’t true. For many of us, we’re never really sure where home is.

Interestingly, Jesus tells us that even though the foxes had dens and the birds had nests, he had nowhere to lay his head. Jesus was homeless… just like me.

So where is the place I should call home? Maybe it really is where the heart is. I know it’s a bit corny, but I think it’s true. My home is wherever in the world my husband and baby boy are… it’s also where my brother and his family are… it’s where my mom is and where my dad will be… and most importantly home is where God lives in me.

I will miss calling California home. And I will really miss the huge burritos at Bobbi’s Mexican Restaurant! But knowing that home is more than a house, or a neighborhood or a restaurant -- knowing that home is where love lives makes all the difference.

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By Joelle Yamada. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

Credit to Rich Mullins' “You Did Not Have A Home” and reference to Matthew 8:20.

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