at home…with God

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy,
the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

C.S. Lewis


(our home in December 2017 during a winter storm / Julie Cook)

As we prepare to move homes…from a house we built to one we did not,
I have become keenly aware of what it means to be rooted as well as somewhat uprooted.
What it means to be sheltered.
To be comfortable.
To feel safe.

Yet that’s not always the case for many of our sisters and brethren.

For many, there is no sense of stability.
No sense of security nor well-being.

So within the melancholy I’m finding in leaving,
there is a greater sense of gratitude.

If a house can feel emotion, which we know it cannot, my desire would be that this house
could feel our deep level of not only a bittersweetness in leaving but more importantly,
that it could sense our level of thankfulness for the years of shelter, safety,
and rootedness it provided.

And so it is within this flood of emotion…the type of emotion that only transition
can bring…of which I know is not coming from the leaving, the going, or the coming that
is the root of my unsettledness…it is the longing I have for “home”—
a longing for a home that transcends this world.

I know that our hearts, none of our hearts, will be at rest until we find
ourselves embraced in the arms of our Father…


(Julie Cook / 2019)

The peace coming from the Holy Spirit is more than relief from suffering,
a sense of well-being, or a sense of equanimity.
It is rooted in a deep sense of home, home amid the cosmos
(which we who have faith know is being at home with God).

Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
from Christ vs Satan in Our Daily Lives

22 comments on “at home…with God

  1. K.L. Hale says:

    This post made me cry happy tears. The home you built is beautiful, Julie. It is you. And the emotions you mention~I understand them. For approximately 5 years I longed for what was home. I realized that I’m always blessed to have protection and refuge; unlike many who do not. But my true longing is for our heavenly home. It is where we will all be reunited. It moves me to tears to imagine how home will truly feel. God be with you all during this transition. Peace, love, and safety to you both! ❤️❣️

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    I truly think our homes are an extension of who lives there. I’m sure that wherever you move to is going to be filled with love, new memories, hopes and dreams fulfilled and the presence of God. He will be the head of your house I’m sure and with him you will find great joy. Love you, my friend and continued blessings as you turn the next page.

  3. comfortable,,. a great achievement

    On Saturday, January 2, 2021, cookiecrumbstoliveby wrote:

    > Julie (aka Cookie) posted: ““If we find ourselves with a desire that > nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we > were made for another world.” C.S. Lewis (our home in December 2017 during > a winter storm / Julie Cook) As we prepare to move ” >

  4. bcparkison says:

    C.S, Lewis quote is so on target. I have been “home’ sick for such a long time and the more crazyness that come out each day just adds to it. Come Lord Jesus.

  5. David says:

    Praying that all goes well with the move Julie and that you are as blessed in your new home as you have been in your present home, rich in the knowledge that this is not your final home.

    My Dad moves this week – from the bungalow where he and Mum spent a wonderful 20 years together to a retirement apartment five miles away. He too is looking forward to reaching his final destination and being reunited with Mum. In the meantime he just keeps on serving God and blessing as many people as he can. Not bad for a man who turns 90 in March!

  6. SLIMJIM says:

    I”m a little behind on the blogosphere; how did your move go or still in the middle of it?

  7. SLIMJIM says:

    Such nice pictures of the home by the way

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