Flat Top Reflections on Homecoming
Pardon me while I ramble…
As a child, I always looked forward to Homecoming Sunday. Mostly I remember dinner on the ground. I know there was music after the food, but I was too small to remember. I just remember that I had great anticipation for the day and homecoming occupies a special place in my heart. But it was all about the social aspects to me. I made a profession of faith when I was young, but it wasn’t true. I didn’t have a real relationship with Christ.
I got away from church as a teen. As a young military man with a wife and small child, I came under Holy Spirit conviction about the condition of my soul. A Pastor came to visit me at the place I called home then. It was a small two bedroom apartment in upstate New York. He shared with me that God had a plan for my life. I thought I needed to clean up my life before I could be accepted by God. He showed me that I only needed to repent and accept the free gift of salvation that had already been provided in Jesus. This was my real Homecoming day, the day I came home to God.
Most of the churches we attended while bouncing around in the military didn’t celebrate a Homecoming Sunday. What a blessing it has always been, though, to feel at home no matter where we lived. As a Christian, you feel like family any time you gather with a local body of believers. No matter where you are in the world, as Christians we can feel at home the first time we step into a church full of brothers and sisters in Christ.
I have to admit, though, that there is a special feeling when you are in the place that you know the Lord would have you to be. I am in that place now. Being back in the south, I have been disappointed with some of the homecomings I have been around. The festivities and fellowship have often replaced the worship of God. I look forward this year to being in a place that truly feels like home. A place where there will be wonderful fellowship with other people but this will not take priority over fellowship with God.
I hope you will join me September 16th at Harpeth Baptist Church in Kingston Springs.
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082