“Home is not where you live, but where they understand you”- Christian Morganstern
“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”- Maya Angelou
“Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.”- Charles Dickens
“Home is an invention on which no one has yet improved.”- Ann Douglas
“There is a magic in that little world, home; it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts and virtues never known beyond its hallowed limits”- Robert Southey
“Home is the most popular, and will be the most enduring of all earthly establishments”- Channing Pollack
“Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserved; it is life’s undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room, from which we go forth to more careful and guarded intercourse, leaving behind…cast-off and everyday clothing.”- Harriet Beecher Stowe
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.- Maya Angelou
Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.- Billy Graham
Home is where one starts from.- TS Eliot
Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.- Oliver Wendell Holmes
I really don’t have much to say after all these wise words.
But I was in four homes this weekend.
One was a home of living. A place where I reside and eat my meals and go through daily activities.
One was a home of friends. A place where I visit from time to time and interact with a family’s life.
One was a home of family. An old home that is ever new, that I get to come back to on occasion.
One was a home of faith. A place where I serve, and participate in ministry and worship.
At one place I was welcomed by perhaps two people, which consisted of asking about Christmas break. Other than that, I was left alone.
At one place I was welcomed and hugged and inquired about details of my life and things of the future. I was given a place that was my very own and felt loved.
At another place I was greeted by no one, given a hello or two and thrown the occasional question about life. This was all very polite and seemed to be going through the motions.
And at another place I was engaged in conversation, taken out for food and entertainment, loved on with time and attention, words and actions. It was a brief stay, but it was a true home.
I will not say which is which. But I will say this: There’s no place like home.