Like many people in my home church, I travel extensively as part of my profession. Being on the road several nights every week certainly has its challenges for a businessperson, especially one with a growing family. I have been doing this since my oldest child was around seven years old. But there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is Homecoming.
I so look forward to coming home from a trip to see my beautiful wife and my kids (and my dog, and my guitar). My favorite things. But through the years, I have taken advantage of those times away to find family on the road as well. I visit brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends in places like Richmond, San Francisco, New Orleans, Missouri, and many other places. Later, my sales territory included that states where my children were at school in Lancaster PA, Baltimore MD, Lexington VA, and Bethlehem PA, and seeing them took away some of the loneliness of traveling on business. My stops would often include dinner out, or take-out brought in to children and their roommates.
But there is another family that awaits at home, and that is my family of faith at St. Luke’s. Over the last fifteen years, this has become a big part of my life and part of what I look forward to coming home to as well. I have my brothers and sisters in faith, our Mens’ Group – Cornerstone and our Contemporary Music Ministry. And my most important family member, my Brother Jesus. Being a part of this family is important to me, and when I am away I miss it.
So what does a traveler do while away from family (or away with your family)? You can find family to visit in those far away places. Regardless of the size of your family, we are all fortunate to have a large extended faith family. When you are away from your home church, you can always drop in on Jesus wherever you go. He is always home. Whether you go to Sunday service at the Jersey Shore, or like me during the workweek, visit a Wednesday night Bible Study, there are always brothers and sisters to visit, and the door to God’s house is always open. When I walk into a Bible Study at an evangelical church in Marion, VA on a Tuesday night or visit a Prayer meeting in Gaithersburg, MD, I am welcomed, I am accepted, and I am loved. And if I am fortunate, there may even be a place for me in their music group to play my guitar.
So, whether it is vacation travel this summer, or the day-to-day grind of your profession, trust me you will always find an open door at your Brother’s House. Drop in, He will welcome you with open arms…
The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller. (Job 31:32 – NKJV)