Feeling at Home

If you are growing up in a house owned by your parents, somewhere in all their important papers there is a title to the property.  This includes the exact location and the dimension of the lot where your house is built.  It’s very important to know what is yours and what isn’t; after all it’s your own land, your yard, and all that goes into calling where you live, your home.  We also speak of the country where one lives as one’s homeland.

Now that God’s people have entered into the Promised Land, they need to find out what’s theirs and what isn’t.  That’s what chapters 13 to 21 are all about.  It’s not reading as exciting as the previous chapters, but still it is important for a wandering people who were slaves in Egypt and who wandered for forty years in the desert, finally to have a place they can call home.

What is it that makes you feel at home?  It’s no only the land and the building; there’s a whole feeling that goes into it.  What’s it like for you at home?  Take all this to prayer, whether the feelings are good or not-so-good.  When you pray like this, one thing will happen: you’ll come to feel at home with God and God will feel at home in your heart.  

Joshua 17:14-18

Tuesdays are dedicated to the the History and Writings
of the Hebrew Scriptures.
This year in the season of Advent to Epiphany we read
Joshua and Proverbs 1—3

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