When Staying Home Was A Choice

When Staying Home Was A Choice

April 1, 2020

These days we are forced to stay at home as much as possible. For some families, this may be a new experience. I have been thinking about the time when staying home was a chosen way of doing life. In early America, families very seldom left home. They ate at home, slept at home and worked close to home. When they gathered with other families, it was always close to home.

Travel was not an option for most people, so a trip to town on Saturday was a special event – often involving the whole family. People in the community worked together to build a school and often a church. They hauled in wood and coal so the buildings would be warm, housed the teacher in one of their homes and were on hand for any needs or emergencies. But at the end of the day, the family was home again.

In my growing up years, home was the safe and secure place to be. Living 20 miles from town, I recall snowstorms that kept us grounded for days. After the chores were done, we would play games, listen to our mother read books, put puzzles together and take naps.

Saturday nights were nearly always spent at home. I have a mental picture of my mother laughing until she cried as she tried to share a joke or story from Capper’s Weekly Magazine. I would not have that memory if we had not spent so much time at home.

One evening, a pastor friend of my dad’s drove from Denver to lead us in a Bible Study. Overnight, a snowstorm came that closed everything for at least a week. There were no phones. My dad finally took his friend by tractor to make connections to get home. His wife must have worried a little, don’t you think? But home was the best place to be, so we felt secure and he was safe.

I read that where life is returning to normal in China, there are many couples seeking divorce. I guess being confined at home either helps us grow closer or decide to give up. I pray that in America, we will grow closer. We need to want to be home by choice, not by force.

Life in the city makes it a lot more difficult to focus on home than what I experienced growing up. We must work to make it happen – joyfully – no matter where we live. I pray that this will be a benefit coming out of these difficult days.

Pastor Bill Ehmann

2 thoughts on “When Staying Home Was A Choice”

  1. Pastor Bill, I love getting the Ponder messages. I hope you are doing well. I think about all of you often

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

RECENT POSTS

It Is Time

By wvbaptist | June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

June 3, 2020 It was perhaps 18 years ago that a couple of people suggested I should write a weekly blog. I did not know what a “blog” was, but Ponder with Pastor Bill came out of that idea. It […]

Did Jesus Feel Confined?

By wvbaptist | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

May 20, 2020 It feels strange, almost wrong, for me to ask this question: How could the Creator and Controller of the universe be held in captivity by it? I hope I am not dabbling in something inappropriate, but this […]

Dark Cloud – Silver Lining

By wvbaptist | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

May 13, 2020 Creator God gives us a statement of beauty and hope when He puts a silver lining around a dark cloud in the sky. He reminds us that the darkness is temporary and there is something more powerful […]

Poder Increíble 

By wvbaptist | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Meditación con el pastor Bill 6 de mayo de 2020 Sentado en mi silla de tratamiento esta semana frente a una ventana que me daba una vista para el Monte St. Helens, cubierto de nieve sobre un fondo azul cielo. […]

Amazing Power

By wvbaptist | May 6, 2020 | 1 Comment

May 6, 2020 My treatment chair this week faced a window that provided a frame for Mount St. Helens, covered with snow against a sky-blue background. It was a magnificent scene, and I had plenty of time to enjoy it […]

Scroll to Top