Homeward Bound

15 Dec

“Homeward bound,
I wish I was,
Homeward bound.”

These are the words of Simon and Garfunkel in their song “Homeward Bound”. The longing to return home is an emotion we all experience at some stage. The desire to be with those who care for us and to be where we feel safe. This is not however the current experience of the songwriter as he sings “Everday’s an endless stream” and “each town looks the same to me”. This song reminded me of the difference there is between being a Christian and a non-Christian. Life is often described as a journey, for the non-Christian it is a journey into apparant nothingness with no real meaning but for the Christian it is a journey homeward towards heaven. Whilst the non-Christian may have an earthly home which may bring temporal happiness it will not fully satisfy unlike the eternal resting place awaiting those who have placed their trust in Christ. This confidence should set us apart from non-believers around us as we have a hope and a future whilst their lives have nothing of eternal significance in them. Thomas Manton describes the “best estate” of man as “vanity” whilst “a Christian’s worst is happiness”.

Homeward Bound is not however a unique title. It also forms part of a title for a Disney movie entitled “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey”. If you haven’t see the movie a brief plot summary can be found here. The incredible journey of Shadow (the Golden Retriever), Chance (the American Bulldog) and Sassy (the cat) involves passing through great mountain ranges to reach home. On our journey homeward as Christians we face many challenges and trials. There is one moment in which the characters climb the first mountain and believe they will see home on the other side. Instead they saw a great mountain range spanning as far as the eye could see. Often as Christians we feel like we face and endless range of trials yet unlike the animals in this movie we can rely on someone far greater than each other, Jesus Christ the Son of God, “who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 1:24), will be looking after us the entire Homeward Bound journey.


3 Responses to “Homeward Bound”

  1. James McCullough December 26, 2007 at 1:44 pm #

    His commentary on James. I’m using it once a week in my quiet time. Not easy reading but Manton comes out with many real gems of quotes like that one.

  2. James McCullough December 26, 2007 at 10:19 pm #

    Yes. Burn all the NIVs!
    No, its a reference to my inability to line dance as showcased at the EP (Eastern Presbytery not another change of denomination) Party. Whilst attempting the “Hilly-Billy Rock” I first had my left ankle stamped on, then managed to stubb my own finger against my own foot and finally, after realising it was a lost cause, I had my right ankle stood on as I tried to make my escape! Therefore let it be a lesson to all: “Say no to line dancing!”

  3. Alastair McCollum December 29, 2007 at 11:10 pm #

    Plus James loves the games more than any thing because he gets to talk to girls and stuff like that……..

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