from Revd Alistair Jessamine

‘O Lord, you have always been our home’ – Psalm 90 verse 1 GNB

The word ‘home’ in that context denotes, among other things, destination as in expressions like ‘homecoming’ or ‘homewardbound’ and that’s how Christians conceive of God – as the One in whom the journey of human life reaches its climax and end.

Maybe it’s the case that we sometimes feel isolated, cut off and exposed in a vast, often hostile, universe (instance Covid 19). If its Creator is our ‘home’ though, then that in itself must make an equally vast difference to our feelings of isolation, severance and exposure or, as the hymnwriter Isaac Watts put it (CH4, 161):

O God, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

be thou our guard while troubles last,

and our eternal home.


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