Where Thy Art, That Is Home!


A few months ago, while reading an article on-line, this story was retold by a columnist:

“Years ago there was a TV show “Kids Say the Darndest Things” hosted by Art Linkletter. On one episode he asked a young child where he lived. The boy said, “We just moved here and are living in a motel.” Art Linkletter said, “Oh, you don’t have a home yet.” The boy said, “Oh, Mr. Linkletter, we have a home, we just don’t have a house to put it in”.

George Washington once said, “I had rather be on my farm, then emperor of the world”. And an unknown author wrote, “It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home”.

David O. McKay said:

“It is possible to make home a bit of heaven; indeed, I picture heaven to be a continuation of the ideal home.” (Improvement Era, Oct. 1948, p. 618.)

As a boy growing up I only recall living in three different houses. Each house holds a dear spot in my heart because it brings pleasant and sweet memories to the surface of time spent with my family. Each house became my home for a temporary period of time, because it housed my parents and brothers and sisters, not because of its size, shape or the neighborhood in which it was built. When I revisit them, I see in the mortar, bricks, and wood, the home it used to be. As I reminisce, I understand that those edifices have changed. They used to house my family, but no longer are my home. Most of us will change “houses” many times throughout our lives, but hopefully our homes will always be where our families reside. For my part, I adhere to the thought so beautifully expressed by Emily Dickinson in her simple statement:

“Where thou art- that- is home”.

Indeed, all of us are being “housed” on this earth, at this time. We are away from our Heavenly home, one that has always been, and one that will always be. It is a place where Heavenly Father presides. One where our family resides! It is a place where love abides and safety is assured. Our home is heaven!

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