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?
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.
Saying 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)