Coming Home

I love this video. This woman is at her college graduation, and although the moment is a happy one, there is something missing. Namely, her brother. He’s a Marine, and he was  serving in Afghanistan, and because of that, he was unable to attend her graduation.

At least that’s what she thought.

But, unbeknownst to her, the brother is behind the stage just waiting for her name to be called. And at that special moment, he comes out and the rest is magic.

There is something profound about people coming home._______________

So these last few weeks have been quite surreal to say the least. I have never, since leaving college, had anything resembling this last month. Highland’s Shepherds, in their wisdom, give me a Sabbatical in July every year. At first it just sounded like a good perk to preaching at a great church. But I realize just how much more it is than that now.

It’s good to be able to step back for a few weeks from the daily grind to plan sermon series for the year, and to get perspective about future ministry goals. It’s helped me to formulate some vision for my ministry and catch up time with family.

But it’s been weird too.

We spent the first couple of weeks in Arkansas seeing my family and visiting with old friends. I’ve spent time studying, praying, talking to mentors and coming back to places that I have lived at before. I got to spend time in Searcy, Benton, Ft. Worth and Nashville. And each place feels like it has a piece of our heart.

I’ve heard it said that Home is where you have the most pairs of underwear, but that doesn’t work for me. I’m far too nostalgic for my own good. These places have each formed us in very different ways.

There’s a quote from Johan Bojer, that I’ve always liked, that kind of gets at the heart what this month has been like.

“If you came back, you wanted to leave again.  If you went away, you longed to come back.  Wherever you were, you could hear the call of the herdsman’s horn far away in the hills.  You had one home out there and one over here and yet you were an alien in both places.  Your true abiding place was the vision of something very far off, and your soul, like the waves, always restless and forever in motion”

You know in the Scriptures, leaving and coming home is a persistent theme. It is the concept behind Jesus’ most famous story, it’s what the Israelites pined for when they lost it, and celebrated when they had it. It’s in our bones, no matter who you are or where you are, we all want to go home.

But what has really been surprising to me is how much, in the middle of all our travel, Abilene has started to feel like our new home. I miss preaching at Highland, I miss lunches with the Highland Shepherds and members and working with my friends. I miss our new house and Moses (our Golden Retriever). And the more I read and prayed and studied about the new series’ for this next year, the more excited I was about getting back to start in a new season at Highland.

So thanks again Highland Shepherds for the Sabbatical. We’re glad to be coming home.

About jonathanstorment

My family and I love reading, traveling, daddy/daughter dates, playing hide and seek, good music, and long meals with friends. We still miss LOST, and all four of us have Superman uniforms. We are passionate about bringing Heaven to Earth and want to follow Jesus while repainting discipleship for those around us. We are followers of Jesus and I preach at the Highland Church of Christ. We participate in something called A Restoration Movement, and we've come to realize that might be larger than we thought.

2 thoughts on “Coming Home

  1. Great thoughts as always Jonathan! The Sabbatical idea is a great one. It offers the chance to recharge your batteries, evaluate things, gives the chance to study, renew vision, and passion. 
    i’m so glad the elders at Highland had that vision when you started your ministry there. God bless you Jonathan in the new season that awaits on your return.
    And what you said about the places you’ve been that have shaped you. That is so true. Each place you have been has a place in your heart. 
    Thank you for your words of wisdom Jonathan. God bless Brother!

  2. CANNOT WAIT to have you back! I’ve become pretty darn fond of all of you Storments. So glad you and Leslie will be refreshed and hosting a brand new fresh anointing in your ministry. BST has blown me away. Can’t wait to see and receive the unbelievable blessing of having our entire ministry team together. Wow. Love you so much, J!

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