Like Mary, Joseph & Jesus, you too may feel far from home…. in a strange city, foreign country or in an awkward family gathering.
You too may be longing for the familiar surroundings or faces you are missing.
If you too feel far from home right now, here are a few tips to help you find your way back:
1. Love the ones you’re with:
You are never alone. There is someone around you most of the time- whether family, friend, coworker, barista, boss, server…
If you can’t be at home, make others feel at home around you. Throw out the welcome mat to your kindness.
2. Ask for help:
If you are struggling, speak up. Get help if you can’t cope. The beat thing I ever did when I hit a sudden depression many years ago was make a list of how I was feeling & what I thought was contributing factors, after praying about things. List in hand, I ran it by a wise person I respected to ask if they thought I should talk to my doctor. She said yes.
My doctor read my list, asked me a few questions to clarify, and then told me he would have been in his doctor’s office getting help if he had half a list as long as mine. Six weeks later, I had improved enough to stop taking meds.
You may not need physical help, you may need spiritual or emotional help. Whatever the help you need, find the right resource and ask.
Not asking for help when you need it makes you the main problem.
Don’t miss this step if need be to help make it back home.
3. Remember, home is with you everywhere you go.
You carry home with you everywhere you are. All the good memories? With you!
Tune out the loneliness by taking a trip down Remember Road and reexperience the joy Home brings you.
Have you caught sight that Home is not just a place yet?
Mary & Joseph weren’t the first to bring God home with them at Christmas.
Holy Spirit resides in all who believe. He moves in and begins to make Himself at home.
Home moves outside our walls and within us.
We take Home with us everywhere we go.
As we end this year, and this series, you may be dreaming about when you will get back Home. It may not be about missing a physical place or loved ones. It may go deeper than that.
When you feel far from Home?
A simple prayer invites Him to move in.
God with us.
God within us.
PS. Don’t forget to pray before you act. God will lead you, just as He used angels and a star to bring the Carpenters, the shepherds, and the wise men to Himself. If you need another reminder that He is trustworthy? Reread the Christmas story 😉