In a place foreign to her, Dorothy clicks her red shoes together and repeats the phrase, “There’s no place like home.” 

Home is a place like no other. I, and many others my age, are in a transitional phase in our lives. A phase where we must say goodbye to the home of our youth, and work to make a new one in the future. 

I would like to suggest that all of us are in a similar transition. Philippians 3:20 says,“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” The transitions in this life are quite minute compared to the transition to life after.  

While a myriad of paths exists in this life, the end result is two. If our citizenship is heaven, we should strive to live a life, regardless of what may be occurring, that will take us there. On earth, the people are the ones that make home what it is. All the fond memories we have with those we love. The Lord’s church is not different because it is our eternal family. I can go anywhere in the world and assemble with members of the Lord’s church and know I’m at home with my brothers and sisters. Ephesians 1:15-16 says, “For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers. 

I am blessed with the opportunity to be able to work with this congregation. The love you all show to each other and the community is phenomenal. I thank you for the love and compassion you all have and I continually pray for the church here. It is crucial that you all help each other to live a better life for Christ and you do it so well. We must surround ourselves with those who will help us glorify our God, in order that we might enter into heaven one day.  John 14:1 says, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”  

Arnold is a place where the word of God is taught in truth and love.  A home for the saints in this area.  We all should be prepared to one day receive that final home.