The Oxford English Dictionary defines home as: The place in which one is free from attack; the point which one tries to reach; the goal. But, home is a much more complicated idea than this definition leads us to believe. As I read the Passover story, I wonder what home meant for ancient Israelites. For those of us in the Depth world, home conjures many different images: A physical location, the company of a particular person, or more deeply an inner state of mind. Perhaps our idea of home is a Garden of Eden, the return to which is barred by angels with flaming swords. But for many of us, like the Israelites of old, the home of our fathers and the belief systems of our parents ultimately hold us captive and when unexamined, those very same beliefs threaten to enslave us.
This sermon takes us on a journey of understanding what home might mean for each of us as we travel through our individual and communal lives from birth towards completion.