Sense of Home

The forest fires in Napa California look absolutely devastating. Entire neighborhoods have been reduced to ashes. Many people around North America live in neighborhoods and could easily imagine how devastating it would be to have fire indiscriminately destroy all they own. Fires are different than floods. When Hurricane Harvey hit land shore in Texas and dropped fifty inches of rain around Houston, hundreds of boats were able to come in providing rescue. Flood waters receded and roadways were once again passible. Even though each home sustained incredible damage, houses remained. Water soaked furniture and drywall was kicked to the curb and the rebuilding began. When Hurricane Maria blew through Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, entire infrastructures were taken out, where the basics of clean water, electricity and food are still trying to be restored. Each of these “natural” disasters create anxiety in the hearts of people, making many wonder “What next?” Mexico had two earth quakes that caused significant damage in larger cities, causing older buildings to crumble and collapse. It is not only refugees from war torn countries around the world, that find themselves displaced. Residents of North and Central America have been forced to flee their homes from hurricanes, earthquakes and ravaging fires. In the midst of all this devastation and loss, church communities have become places of refuge a safe haven where people, can be surrounded with worship, generosity and grace. There were residents interviewed by television networks who lost everything and in their interview said “God is good. He graciously spared us and we can rebuild.” Faith in the Creator God who revealed his love in and through His Son, has a way of giving us a sense of “home” even when we’ve been displaced. 

Peter Van Geest