home.

I went to Grand Rapids to visit last month and while I was there, someone asked me:

“so where do you call home now?”

I thought about this while driving back to Cincinnati that weekend and I couldn’t narrow it down to one place. why? because “home is where the heart is” and my heart is where you, various members of my communities, are.

my home is in Grand Rapids with my family, friends from high school and Calvin, members of Heritage CRC and Discovery Church.

my home is in Cincinnati with all the friends I’ve made in the past four and a half months, the kids I’ve been a leader and a “coach” to, members of the Northminster community.

my home is all over the world with friends and family who live in different states and countries.

most importantly, “my life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ my Savior and my God.”

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the proposal.

this summer, I discovered a new hobby: watching videos of proposals and wedding highlights. I’ve never been too into “girly” things like these, but something about these love stories just hooks me. Laura and I love getting together to catch up on the most recent videos, regardless of if we actually know the couple or not.

two of my recent favorite stories are Bekah’s¬†and Brad’s. Bekah’s is simple and spontaneous while Brad’s is incredibly planned out (and going viral), but both of them come down to the same thing: one person showing his love to someone they care for deeply.

and that’s what Jesus does for all of us: he surrenders his life in an act of unconditional love for his people who he cares for more than we can fathom.

Bekah and Brad will both have beautiful weddings, I’m sure of it, but it’s incredible to think that they won’t even come close to comparing to what it will be like when Jesus returns, when the Bride and Bridegroom are united as one.