What’s on your mind?
This is a new feature on our website that we hope you enjoy.
Each month we will ask a question and post your comments and stories.
This month’s question was posed by Rev. Bill MacKinnon.
What does HOME mean to you?
Read some of the responses we received.
“We are surrounded with family who love us unconditionally, despite our shortcomings. We can be ourselves in all situations-laugh, cry, rant, rage and move on hopefully, learning by our experiences to become a better person. Home is all about problem solving. The magic confronts us-we have lived, loved, lost, laboured and laughed! All is well, we are HOME.”
“Home is a warm, safe, comfortable place, where memories are made with family. A place where children and grandchildren can come to celebrate life events. A place where you can have special things around you that have a great meaning. A Place where you belong.”
”Home is where ever you are when you’re with the ones you love.”
”My sanctuary, my place of refuge.
A place to be all me, to relax, to meditate, to connect with whatever. To express gratitude for each time I enter through the doors. “Thank you Lord!” Home!
A place to prepare self, put up my feet, have a glass of wine and just be! A place to lay my head while I rest, a place I love, a sense of peace, just to be home. How I give thanks for a place to call home.
In these times, I am especially grateful for home, and all that it provides for me.”
”When I think of home, I think of where I live at this moment first. It is a little disorganized at the moment more so then ever. I have a home office setup which I don’t normally. I’m also working two jobs 1-5 days a week and 1-7 days a week. I have a garden to tend to at my home. (New for me) Which my friend and who I consider my chosen sister, Fern help me with.
I mostly find my home lonely. I am one that loves people around chatting or sharing a show, playing cards. I like to share a meal. Whether it’s something that I can cook, or an order in.
For home I also think of places where I feel that family is there.
My daughter’s place Miranda and that is where Abigail and Ryan spend a lot of their time. We have such fun all of us.
My son’s place Michael and Brittany with their little Love Oliver. The giggles that go on there are amazing can’t help but feel at home always sharing a meal because of my travel to get there.
Home is also my church. I know that we’re not actually there right now but so many of you feel like family and we chat and you let me share my pictures of my grandchildren.
And we all know how many meals we share whether it is coffee and a snack, just coffee or a meal where we help server and or clean up.
I also have a work family and yes it must feel like home I’ve been there for 44 years. You know sometimes we get along and sometimes we need work to get along.
Just like the home I grew up in. It’s my father’s birthday as I write this, he would have been 95 today. I miss him and my mother also. They taught us many things as we grew up in their home.
Unfortunately, out of 6 siblings, conversation is little and we more or less just wish I each other happy birthday when the time comes each year.
I know it’s a little long but I enjoyed sharing this.
With love shared from all my families”
”Home is where you’re comfortable with yourself.”
”I have always tried, wherever I have lived to keep my home a peaceful place, a sanctuary, if you will, where whoever enters is made to feel welcome, and at home. It hasn`t always worked smoothly, but I am happy to say, that everyone who shared my home at one time or another, have always come back to visit. Some came years later. I have been privileged to be invited to many homes. Some, when I walk thru the door, I`m greeted politely, but others draw me right in– to make me feel at home.
When I volunteered with the blind in St Lucia, 45 years ago, poverty was rampant, families were large, there was little money for food, let alone a guest…..But the minute I walked thru the door, I felt at home — one of the family, so to speak.
During this pandemic, I have been required to be in the house for weeks. but my days go quickly, because I have the luxury of being in my own little sanctuary, living as peacefully as possible under the circumstances.
When I was part of Heritage United Church, I was able to be very active, and used to joke that I should have a cot there! I felt at home!
The telephone has been a blessing, allowing me to communicate with friends and relatives who are also isolated. The back yard, with all the spring flowers, and the work that goes with them, is also my sanctuary…..I look forward to my heavenly home, but I am in no rush to get there. In the meantime, I will appreciate this little bit of Heaven on Earth.’”