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Last week, I was honored to be featured in one of Fuller Seminary’s Be Inspired stories, entitled “Longing for Home”, written by my friend Christina Miller. It details not only some of the story of The District Church, but also one of the biggest continuing tensions of my life, one I believe resonates with an increasing number in our globalized and very mobile world — where is home?

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As a pure coincidence, the story went live when I was back in Hong Kong, visiting my parents and the place I spent the first sixteen years of my life, so it was particularly poignant to read in that setting.

AirportSaying goodbye to my parents is always a difficult thing, not knowing the next time we’ll see each other, and last Friday was no different. But being able to pray together at the airport before we left, being able to entrust one another into the loving care of our heavenly Father, being able to know that we are bound by something far deeper than how often we talk or how often we get to see each other — these things are symbols of a home that is more solid than our earthly home; they are a foretaste of the home that will be. And for things like these, I am ever grateful.

Wherever you may be, I pray that God is home for you too, both as a destination to be reached as well as the journey there.

They accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live in this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. – Hebrews 11:13-16 (MSG)

Tears of joy

Today, a friend of mine back in California was baptized (in the Pacific Ocean, no less). While I wish I could’ve been there, seeing the pictures on Facebook had to suffice. And even then, I got a little choked up.

Ivan, my brother, welcome to another chapter of life. I pray that God brings you peace, joy and a whole lot of adventure!

The blessing of a break

Well, I’ve been back in California for two days now and pretty much over whatever jetlag I may have suffered—maybe those homeopathic no-jetlag pills that Marsha got me really did work!

Anyway, I’ve been enjoying the last couple of days. I don’t have anything to do until I go back to work on the 2nd, and back to class on the 7th, and I’ve been sleeping, eating, sleeping, watching movies and more sleeping since I got back. Actually, I did quite a lot of that while I was in Hong Kong for three weeks. Not so much of the sleeping. And a lot more eating. But these last few weeks have been a time of recuperation and reenergizing.

As many of you know, I was back in Hong Kong for the first full Fung family reunion in five years (check out THAT alliteration!).

And what a glorious time we had. With nine of us (three brothers, two sisters-in-law, one niece, three nephews) packed into our parents’ four-bedroom apartment and our parents a short drive away, much time was spent together, watching late-night football/soccer, talking, playing cards, drinking lots of tea … and did I mention the eating? (I’ve still to break through the 140 ceiling, though …) We saw the sights over the first few days, and did plenty of shopping.


Hong Kong also meant having home-cooked food, and lots of it. And a fully-stocked fridge (yes!). 🙂

And seeing old friends.

Being in Hong Kong also meant being away from Pasadena (yes, I’m very good at drawing logical conclusions). But it meant space and time to process, something which I hadn’t had occasion or opportunity to do in a number of months. So I was afforded the chance to gain a more objective perspective after months of barreling along just trying to hold on to the speeding locomotive of life and not to get left behind. And it was good, especially with re-rooting me in God and removing unnecessary and unhelpful expectations from certain relationships.

I’m happy where I am. Life is still tough. Responsibilities still remain (and, according to the parents, will only increase). But the blessing of a break is welcomed. Thank you, God. I hope that you have had and are having a peaceful and restful break, and that you see God’s richest blessing in your life this new year.