On Sunday, March 17, we gathered to bless the third tiny home of our Sacred Settlement.  This marked another important milestone as we continue building our community of support for those experiencing chronic homelessness.  And, this is a great opportunity to reflect on the profound meaning of “home.”

“When [Jesus] returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.” Mark 2:1

In Mark’s gospel, we find the evangelist using the word “home” in a significant way in this second chapter. It’s where Jesus often retreats to teach, heal, and commune with his disciples and followers. His home becomes a symbol of welcome, refuge, and belonging—a place where the weary find rest and the broken find healing.

“[Jesus] said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat, and go to your home.’” Mark 2:10-11

In our endeavor to create these tiny homes for those experiencing chronic homelessness, we echo the spirit of Jesus’ ministry. Each home represents more than just shelter; it embodies the love, care, and support of a community coming together to uplift those in need. Just as Jesus welcomed all into his home, we open our arms to our neighbors, offering them not just a physical dwelling but a sense of belonging and dignity.

This tiny home, like the others before it, becomes a beacon of hope—a tangible reminder that in this community, no one is alone. Here, amidst these humble walls, lives are transformed, wounds are tended, and dreams are rekindled. As we bless this home, let us remember the power of community and the sacredness of hospitality. May it stand as a testament to the enduring grace of God and the boundless capacity of love to create a home for all who seek it.

May God’s peace find you today.  -Pastor Peter

Let us pray… Almighty God, grant us the gift of hospitality, of love and comfort for all who live here together and all who visit here. May faith, hope and love be at the center of this home.  May those who have felt the pain of living without a home, be nurtured and restored in your love.  As you have poured into us, help us continue pouring it back into your world.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who welcomes all to his presence and is with us, now and forever. Amen.

(This was the prayer offered at the conclusion of the home blessing.)