Home! Feels good to be home! I just returned from a trip to KC and am so glad to be home again. As our plane took its final approach into the airport in Phoenix, I had this stirring inside. I saw the mountains and the desert and my heart did flip flops.
As I retrieved my car from long term parking and headed north on I-17, I once again anticipated getting home. I saw familiar landmarks that only six short months ago would have been totally foreign to me. I gazed at the sun setting in the west and the desert landscaping and felt a serenity.
Of course part of my anticipation was being reunited with my wife Mary. But, there was also a lump in my throat as I realized how much I missed the people of our church and the community. I was only gone for four days but I still was so ready to be here!
It blows me away how quickly a place can get under my skin. I am amazed really how attached I am to Phoenix. I think the key is the vision God has given me for this place. I understand that tough challenges ahead but I am also so ready for our church to become a beacon of hope. I think huge things are coming and I can’t wait to experience it all!
I know that home is an important concept. Some people don’t know what it feels like to “be home” or to “feel home.” I think our faith community has a chance to help people get this personally. We have an opportunity not only to find home ourselves but to extend home to others. I am home! Now, its time to help others find home too!