I DON’T RECALL when I completed this Oil painting. My inspiration was a Christmas card. I took this photo of the painting eight years ago. The red barn and nearby farmhouse lures my attention and sets my imagination visualizing what might be happening within those cozy walls nestled in deep snow.
Minnesota has experienced a record-breaking October total snowfall. It brings to mind the 1991 Halloween blizzard as a powerful storm that set off a period of heavy snowfall and ice accumulation blanketing the Upper Midwest from October 31 to November 3. It was cold!
This painting of a warm farmhouse set in a heavy snowfall seemed a good painting for today’s Thought—Home.
Thought: Home. What is It?
HOME. WHAT IS IT? If you have access to a thesaurus, look up ‘home’. The word list is long. It begs the question: What comes to mind when you think ‘home’? The more thought I’ve given, the more I realize defining ‘home’ is a pretty subjective task. It may include different things for different folks.
One resource said: The English word “home” is from the Old English word hām (not the pig) which actually refers to a village or estate where many “souls” are gathered. It implies there’s a physical dwelling involved, but the main idea is that it’s a gathering of people. Another resource said home is “the abiding place of the affections.” To me, that sums it up like nothing else. It’s not just a building or a room, but a place where your love dwells.
Where is Home?
IS ‘HOME’ a location? Is it a building? Is it family? Is it memories? Is it a feeling? My guess is you may say (like me): “All of the above…and perhaps more!” We’ve probably all heard someone say they would like to visit the ‘old home-place’ one more time. But, to make that journey is more than a road trip to a specific location and building…it’s a mind trip of emotions and memories of times, people and celebrations now past, but forever having contributed to making you the person you are becoming.
A realtor friend gives a unique gift to her seller clients at closing. She saw examples of my Ink with Pen and Brush exhibited at a church art show last year. I did one for her new home. She asked if she could commission me to do work to present her clients at closing. I agreed. She provides photographs and I provide a matted and framed original Ink of the seller’s home. I’ve completed many over the months. Often her clients have lived in the home they are selling for decades. It represents lots of treasured memories. She shared that her gift to them has produced ‘good tears’.
“Where the Heart Lives”
NATHAN IS A 5th GRADE student in Victoria, British Columbia. I love this poem he wrote: “Where the Heart Lives”
“I watch my home being built
Its frame, the skeleton
Its siding, the skin
Its electricity, the brain
Its ventilation, the lungs
Its plumbing, the blood
But where is its heart?
My home is not alive
Until the day my family moves in
We are my home’s heart
Beating life and love into our new home
Beating fast with excitement
Racing up the stairs
Down the halls
To see our new rooms
Beating slow as we eat our first meal together
Feeling so fortunate that we have
These walls around us
This roof over our heads
Home truly is where the heart lives”
A Season for Home
ENTERNING THANKSGIVING and Christmas season brings to mind ‘home’ memories from years past. I lived in ten locations before Marj and I were married. Together we’ve added fourteen more. From these twenty-four, one most represents ‘home’ for me—Altadena Street, Royal Oak, Michigan. You probably have a favorite ‘home’ memory as well. Think about why that is true for you.
The Best is Yet to Come!
FOR FOLLOWERS of Jesus, our best ‘home’ is yet to come!
Jesus said: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” John 14:2
The Apostle Paul said: “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians. 5:8
And, It Has Already Begun!
“Jesus replied, ‘“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”’ John 14:23