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Ezekiel 1:1-3:15;  Hebrews 3:1-19;  Psalm 104:1-23;  Proverbs 26:24-26

“Home is where the heart is.”   This saying adorns many kitchen plaques and hangs over many entry doors.  It’s origin is not modern.  It was written by Pliny the Elder, a Roman citizen who died in 79A.D.  He never married, spent many years in civic service, and commanded naval ships.  I wonder what kind of home he was thinking of when he penned those words.

“Home is where the heart is.”  Perhaps it refers to all that we attach loyalty, love, honor and devotion.

For we who believe this saying has a very special meaning.

Our heart is Christs’ home where He comes to dwell through faith.

“And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”  Hebrews 3:6

Sometimes our earthly homes fall short of the idyllic “Home is where the heart is.”  At times our hearts may want to flee from home.  Because of sin, discord, tension and conflict disturb the peace and tranquility in our homes.

Thanks be to God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that sin need not rule and ruin our homes.  Christ conquered sin on the Cross.  He restores our hearts.  He restores our homes.  Christ in our hearts–that’s where home is!

Lord God Heavenly Father, thank you for making your home in our hearts through faith.  Thank you for sweeping the sin from our rooms, for opening the windows and blowing in the Spirit’s fresh air.  Thank you for the peace which you bring to our hearts.  Bless our earthly homes as well with your peace that passes all understanding.   Grace our homes with a strong foundation built on Your Word.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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