"Miss Mills replied, on general principles, that the Cottage of content was better than the Palace of cold splendour, and that where love was, all was."
---from David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
What image comes to mind with the word "home"? The gathering of family? The warmth of a cozy fire? Comfort food? Old fashioned memories? In these times, perhaps you think of the stress of a mortgage, or the difficulty in maintaining and beautifying what you have.
The more I hear about the housing crisis in our country, the more I think about the real meaning of home. So many people are suffering. So many are on the verge of losing their homes or sadly have experienced the pain of foreclosure.
For those who are in agony today, wondering what they are going to do about a home, we need to pray and ask the Lord to strengthen each one and meet their needs. After all, home is more than a house. Home means security and comfort. It is about love and family. It is about a dream of ownership and caregiving, of passing down a legacy to our children and grandchildren.
One of my favorite scriptures comes from the book of Jeremiah. It says, " 'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future' " (29:11). God has placed in all of our hearts a desire for a resting place, a home of our own, where we can be ourselves, rest, and be loved for who we are.
I pray for God's blessings on all today. I want to be less focused on materialism and more focused on having joy and thankfulness with what I have, my own cottage of content.
My own humble abode. It looks pretty shabby in this picture. It was taken before we got our new roof and added a little landscaping. Here are some more possible "cottages of content":