January 22, 2021

Homecoming

Afterward the Israelites shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; they shall come in awe to the Lord and to his goodness in the latter days.
Hosea 3:5
Coming home is great. Whether it's after a long absence in another country, or just after a difficult day at work, being back where we belong brings peace of mind. On a grander scale, we've created more formal homecomings in our culture, such as when alumni/æ return to their old school to remember their glory days. 

In a very real sense, whenever we return to God—whether it's for daily prayer or after an extended period in the wilderness—we get the same sense of homecoming. But does it occur to us that it is not just for our benefit that we return to God, but also for God's "good pleasure"? It is God who has created us in such a way that we feel empty when we are far from where we should be. And it is God who plants within us the knowledge that where we should be is in the loving arms of the goodness of God.

…for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
 Philippians 2:13
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they can find rest in you. Give me ears to hear your call and a heart to respond by coming home to you.
 based on Augustine of Hippo
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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