Everyone Needs a Place to Come Home to

Back in the early 90’s, I was the minister of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Dubuque. When I received the membership list and compared it to those attending, I realized that a good portion of folks were missing, and not just missing from church attendance but disconnected from us completely.

We thought it would be good to try and find as many of them as possible and see if we could re-connect in some way. We prayed a lot. As part of launching this effort, we put up a sign on the front lawn of the church property. It said, “Everyone needs a place to come home to… Rejoice with me!” It was up for weeks. Then one Sabbath as I was getting everything ready for morning services, a guy who looked to be in his 30s came in the front door. I greeted him and asked what brought him. He replied, “I saw your sign and wondered what it would be like to come home.”

I was dumbfounded. For a second, I forgot that the sign was up and what it said. Then my astonishment turned to joy and filled my heart. It really wasn’t a great looking, expensive sign that moved this man to come in the door; it was the message that spoke to his heart and caused him to put one foot in front of the other toward his church home.

You may be disconnected from your church home. It may be the church you grew up in and have many good memories with. It may be a church you once attended, but the cares of this life may have choked out what little motivation you had to get up for morning services. I want to encourage you to either re-connect or get connected with a community of safe and welcoming followers of Christ.

We have a need to belong, to be connected. One of the biggest challenges in life is loneliness. I hope you will consider what I am writing to you. Life is always better when you can share it with people who love you. Love is the trademark of those who claim to know God personally. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.”