No Place like Home

No Place Like Home

A few weeks ago, Kenneth Vaughan stopped by my booth at the Hartville Market Place to say hello. During our conversation together about the weather and other things, we both agree that Ohio was still a great place to live. Kenneth said to me, “It does not matter where you go; it’s always good to get back home to Ohio.” Of course, if you live in another state, you probably feel the same way about your state. Kenneth said, “There is just no place like home.” I feel the same way Kenneth does. No matter where I go it’s always great get back home to Ohio.
Home is a special place. It’s not so much the house you live in or the style of the house. A house is not always a home. A home is where you live and are surrounded with family and friends. People that you care about and they care about you. “You take my house when you take the prop that sustains my house” [William Shakespeare].
So long as there are homes to which men turn At close of day;
So long as there are homes where children are, Where women stay—
If love and loyalty and faith be found
Across those sills—
A stricken nation can recover from
Its gravest ills.
So long as there are homes where fires burn And there is bread;
So long as there are homes where lamps are lit And prayers are said;
Although people falter through the dark—
And nations grope—
With God himself back of these little homes— We have sure hope.
—Grace Noll Crowell
As I look back on my childhood, I am thankful for a good home. I have memories of home that will last me until my last day on this earth. They remind me of the love of parents who gave their very best to make sure that when I went away for a few days or weeks, and then came back home, I could always say,

“There’s no place like home.”
The crown of the home is Godliness;
The beauty of the home is Order;
The glory of the home is Hospitality;
The blessing of the home is Contentment. —Henry VanDyke
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” [Joshua 24:15].
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About the Author

George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio. More Stories by George A. Hazlett

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