Back to our walk through the Bible. Have you noticed too how much movement happens throughout?
After Noah and his little family disembark the ark, they follow God’s command to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Generations later, the people think they can reach God by building a tower that would reach to the heavens. God responded by confusing their language, and they scattered abroad.
There sure is a lot of travelling involved.
Genesis 12 tells us that God spoke to Abram to leave home. He lived in Ur, which was a thriving, civilized city in the Persian Gulf. And where was he to uproot his family and move to? God said, TBA.
So without knowing his destination, Abram packed up the family and his nephew Lot’s family, said good bye to his parents, and walked by faith into his promised land.
Home: this word evokes many different emotional responses. My husband lived in eight different homes during his school years. I graduated from college with friends I had known since kindergarten. My parent’s house could boast “50 years accumulation” if a garage sale happens.
This line from the hymn evokes the same response: ” I’m just a stranger here, Heaven is my home.”
Billy Graham said, “You won’t see a u-haul hitched behind a hearse”. But there is something you can take with you: other people. And our walk, our journey of faith begins at home.
I think I mentioned that I built my fabric stash from local thrift store finds. When I first returned to sewing, and was new to quilting, I came upon five house blocks. The LTS also had bags of colorful strips. I didn’t know how to quilt, I just jumped right in and started sewing QAYG blocks. The only parts that are accurate in this first quilt are the four house blocks. I didn’t know any better, and I was having so much fun. I love to connect personal meaning to things that I make. This quilt symbolizes my four children and their future homes. My prayer is that they continue in their walks of faith and will say as Joshua did: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Are you wondering where the fifth block went? Potholder.