The prompt: HOME
Four walls, some windows and a roof. Thank goodness for protection from the elements.
But there is not much a house can protect us from if a F5 tornado decides to veer toward our front door.
Or a world of tearing down and violence that seeps in every crevice and floats in on a wireless signal.
Long ago, listening to James Dobson speak on the radio, an image he remembered has stuck with me throughout the years.
After a particularly snippy round of his children’s bickering, he pulled them all to a window and said paraphrasing here.
Look out there. It’s a tough, mean world and people and things are lurking to tear you all down. In here, we are going to build each other up …
In this home we are going to build each other up by talking kind to each other and supporting each other. Right now this is the best we’ve got.
I bring that point up to my children frequently. Because some days they do battle. BATTLE.
Battling me, battling each other.
I take them to the window.
Our home means safe, encouragement, edification.
Even if I pull my hair out in secret to make it so.
What does “home” bring to your mind?
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