One year my father was asked to accompany a singer for a wedding, and came home with Sandi Patty's cassette, Make His Praise Glorious so he could write out an accompaniment part for the solo. I managed to snag that tape, and found the song Love Will Be Our Home on it. I listened to that song over, and over and OVER again. It was so calming, and peaceful, and was such a great song. I just knew that when I grew up, that's what my home would be like. If you've never had the pleasure, let me introduce you to a few of the lyrics.
Wherever there is laughter ringing, someone smiling, someone dreaming... Wherever there are children singing, where a tender heart is beating... Where there are words of kindness spoken, where a vow is never broken, we can live together there - love will be our home.Ah, that was what a "home" was supposed to be like? Not that there was anything wrong with my home at all. I grew up with five siblings, though, and I can tell you that there was a lot more screaming and yelling than laughter ringing and children singing.
When I got married and had a family of my own, I decided that Sandi Patty (or whoever wrote the original lyrics) really didn't know what she was talking about. Home is not all sweetness and light, as anyone with a family can attest to. Sure, we'd love a home brimming with all the love in that song, but those moments are usually the exception, not the rule.
Then I grew up a little more. I realized that Sandi Patty probably knew all that when she was singing the song. It's not about deceiving yourself, it's about hope. After all, if a little girl of 10 can believe that she will one day have a home like that, isn't it possible that we all do? We're broken, and we live in a broken world, but our hearts yearn for those things all the time.
So why did I choose to name my blog Love Will Be Our Home? Well, if you take a peak at the actual URL, you'll notice that the real name is Agape-Bound Home. As a mother, a wife, a homeschool "teacher", a sister, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, my heart yearns to build a home and a life filled with the love that God teaches. Agape. Unconditional, no-strings-attached love. Whether my children are laughing and singing, or breaking dishes and screaming at each other. Whether my husband brings me roses and chocolates, or chooses to work a few extra hours.
I know that I will fail - miserably sometimes. I also know that "as far as the east is from the west" God leaves those failures behind and can redeem even my worst moments for his glory. I hope to be able to share that journey with you, even on the days when no one wants to live with me.
Welcome to my home.