Thursday, January 15, 2015

What or where is home?

As Heidi and I walked together, praying as we typically do, she paused, saying "Everything is strangely familiar but it doesn't feel like home."

She's right.  Home isn't simply geography…it's what you do with where you live and it's who you are with, that makes home…home.

We've only been here for 60 hours….it's going to take a while.

We need to learn to love Fresno -- to experience again what it can mean to live in Fresno:

Home made tamales at Christmas
Fresh fruits
Awesome Mexican food
Corn dogs at the Fresno Fair
Going on a short car ride to Yosemite/Sequoia/Central Coast
Fresno State football games
Seeing the Blossom Trail
Walking through a thick winter fog

But we also need to experience a new, growing, and vibrant downtown core and those world changers who are seeking the wellbeing of the city.  We want to serve these city influencers and join them in doing the things that Jesus does (Revelation 21:5).

The city is our sanctuary (a place of refuge or safety) and the neighbourhood is our parish (a geographical area of spiritual responsibility) -- our job as pastors is to seek the renewal and wellbeing of both.

We are looking forward to allowing Fresno to become, home.

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