“Home, James”

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We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:8-9, RSV

“Home James,” is a movie cliché. The original saying (to the coach driver) was supposedly “Home, James, and don’t spare the horses!” In other words, get me home post-haste, James, because that’s where I want to be and that’s where I belong. That’s what LeBron James is doing and that’s what LeBron James is saying. By going home to Cleveland, he’s telling us that the place where we all belong is home.

Home is where the heart is. So said Pliny the Elder. And he was right. And he still is right. You can’t fault LeBron for going home. Home is our front and our border; home is our center and our perimeter; home is our frontispiece and our rear guard. Home represents family, and the foundation of our faith. Home is the place of hot chocolate on a cold winter day, and lemonade where we’ve got it made in the shade. That’s why we say “home, sweet, home.”

Yes, home is sweet. Paul said that to be absent from the body is to be Home – home with the Lord. That’s why Christianity, above all other faiths, gives us hope and a secure future. This world is not our home. And that is why we are so homesick. We long to be over on the other shore; we long to be somewhere over the rainbow; we long to be over in Gloryland. And that’s why we sing I’ll fly away, I’m goin’ up yonder, soon and very soon, and other such songs of a future hope.

Home is the only place we love to come back to. Bill Cosby said that “Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.” And that’s not a bad thing. But lest we become too Heavenly minded and are no earthly good, we must remember that we are at peace here on earth because the Lord is at home in our heart. And so, wherever we are, until we reach that celestial city, our Heavenly home, we are at peace, and at home, with Him.

Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.” And how right she was, and how right she is.

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