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  • Sarah Beth Dippel



Cris and I frequently check the real estate listings for the perfect retirement home. I'm looking for the right mix of cozy and light—a place that is warm and welcoming and, at the same time, bright and clean. I like best the listings where the house is empty and ready for a fresh start.

"Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him." (JN 14:23)

Most often, the people we chose to live with are the most intimate relationships we have in this life, husbands, wives, children, parents. We invite friends and family into our homes to celebrate holidays and special occasions. Our homes are sacred in the sense that welcoming someone through its doors is also welcoming them into our lives.

"Let yourselves be built into a spiritual house." (1 PT 2:4)

Our souls are the spiritual home where we welcome the Lord to live with us, and we celebrate the events of our life in the light of His presence. We open the most sacred spaces of hearts so that He will purify us with his love and mercy, making us not only a dwelling for the Lord, but for all those, we welcome into the sacred spaces of our hearts.

O Lord, we welcome you into our hearts so that you may make us a more perfect dwelling for yourself and for all those we love in this life. Amen.

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