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Home Base

April 5th, 2012 by Holly Hess

Home Base

By Holly Hess



For about a year now I’ve been longing to spend time in the woods.  I grew up in “God’s country” – Wisconsin’s beautiful north woods, surrounded by trees and wildlife and northern lights.  As an adult I’ve lived in several parts of our state but lately, the woods have been calling.  The smell, the quiet, the peacefulness.

Last week I participated in the women’s retreat at Lutherdale Bible Camp.  During our personal time, I went into the woods.  What I realized is that it’s not so much the woods I miss as it is my roots.  This past year, busy schedules have kept me away from my family in northern Wisconsin more than any other year since I left for college.  Being in the woods gave me this clarity.

Lent offers the same clarity.  In Lent, we walk into the woods and get to the core of our faith.   In Lent we strip away any of the frivolity of our spiritual practices and see the real and raw meaning of it all.

Holy Week reminds us of who we are as Christians.  It is home base.

This year, I’ll journey through Holy Week in the small, Northern Wisconsin church where I was baptized, confirmed and married.  Home base.

Holy week is where our past, present and future are folded together in God’s love and grace.  It’s where a cross draped in purple becomes a cross draped in white.  It’s where we learn that nothing can separate us from God.

It’s Holy Week.  Invite God to be at home in your heart.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:38


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