It’s not just the words: it’s the tone of voice and the light in the eyes of the one who says them. To be welcome, truly welcome, in one’s own home is something precious. Those that were born into this blessing give it hardly a thought until life teaches them that it’s not offered in every home. Those who didn’t grow up in a home with this blessing come to believe that they have no home in this world where they are known and loved for the miracle of life they are.
I’ve made many mistakes as a parent and spouse. I hope withholding these words and the true welcome behind them isn’t one of them.
Lord, you have given me a home in your creation. May I do the same for the people you have given me to love. Amen.