Posted by: Dan | October 6, 2004

Home

I have two friends who, last week on their wedding day, said to me,

“You will always have a home with us.”
Pause.
“We mean that.”

That's all.
There was no need to say more.

I think that it's only those who have been homeless that are able to understand what lies behind such a statement. I never knew what home was until I was without one. Like they say, you never know what you've got until it's gone. Home, one's place of belonging, is not found in physical places but in love relationships.

My friends knew what they were saying. It is rare to find friends who understand love in such ways. I think that I have never been offered a greater gift of love. Indeed, this is the gift of love God has offered to us. To find such love in another friendship is truly marvelous.

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