Old Testament: Genesis 37:25-36
Morning Psalms: Psalms 119:49-72
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 2:1-13
Gospel: Mark 1:29-45
Evening Psalms: Psalms 49, 53
My mother made our childhood home a wonderful place full of fun, laughter, visitors and good food. Mom didn’t have a lot of money to decorate our home and didn’t care anyway. When her friends redecorated in the latest styles she would gladly accept the older style. Warmth and comfort was her priority. She had the gift of not judging people; many friends and neighbors found comfort in our home.
Since my childhood I have lived in many homes that have been a place of refuge. Some homes are temporary, like a tent, or dorm. One summer of mission work I lived in a shack at the end of a dirt road. It came with an outhouse with two seats. That was living (also a place of love, laughter and refuge at the end of the day).
When I left home to make my home in Africa for a year I felt like I was leaving everything familiar. I had little idea of what life would be like for me. I don’t recall seeing a photo of my job site. I did not know where I would live, exactly or who my family would be. I chose Psalm 119:54 to remind me that God’s word would be my comfort;
“Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge.”
My current home is a refuge at the end of the day, a peaceful place to be with my family.
We face many changes in our lives. Our physical home may change. Life circumstances may change. Sometimes we’re in a good place and sometimes not. Sometimes we need comfort. God’s word is the one home I never leave, my constant place of comfort and refuge. My Bible is a daily part of my life and I am so thankful for it.