This is a blog concerning the concept of home. Because it is co-authored by my wife and myself it will be by it’s very nature a multifaceted blog. A blog of many dimensions:
Sarah and I have seen that the theme of “home” is one that God keeps repeating in our story. This blog is an attempt for us to keep you up to date with our lives, to entertain you, and hopefully to encourage contemplation. We thought a good way to start it off was with two quotes. The second of which inspired the name to this blog.
“The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and oppose an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.” 1
“Born in abundance, inspired by opportunity, nurtured in imagination, spiritualized by a sense of God’s blessing and call, and realized in ordinary life day by day, this Paradise Spell is the controlling ideology of American life. Just out of reach, just beyond the next ridge, just with the next home or entrepreneurial scheme or diet plan; just with the next political hero, the next credit-card purchase, or the next true love; just with the right all-terrain vehicle, the right summer home, the right meditation technique, or the right motivational seminar; just with the right schools, the right community values, and the proper morality; just with the right beer and a good set of buddies; just with the next technology or after the next shopping spree, there is this spot you can get to where all tensions melt, all time pressures are relieved, and all contentment can be realized…thereby producing a new Eden.”
1 C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
2 David Brooks, On Paradise Drive