Coming Home

ChristianWritersToday, I am participating in the ChristianWriters.com Blog Chain. This is something that I do regularly. The topic for September is “Coming Home.”

The film Patch Adams, begins with a monologue by Robin Williams playing the lead role. He says:

“All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, bee keepers, sword swallowers. All of us. All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home.”

A little later, he adds

“Home. The Dictionary defines it as both a place of origin and a goal or destination.”

When we hear a phrase like ‘coming home’, there is almost implicit in it, a sense of returning to a place that we have left – a place that we’ve been before. But what if home might be a destination rather than an origin? What if it is both?

In my science fiction web serial, The Colonists, Earth is quickly becoming inhabitable. Nobody knows why, and the best scientific minds cannot reverse it. A group of settlers leave Earth – their place of origin – to make a new life for themselves on a planet named Xinju (Mandarin for new home). They have never been to this world before, but it becomes their home. Just as they had an emotional attachment to their previous home, they will soon form a special bond with this new planet. For them – their destination became home.

This concept ties in well with my spiritual beliefs. The Bible speaks of us having citizenship in heaven (Philippians 3:20). Heaven is not our place of origin, and it is not a place that we are even familiar with, but it’s a destination. It’s where we ultimately belong.

The blog ‘Beauty of The Bible’ has some interesting thoughts on citizenship in heaven, including the reminder that our citizenship is not just about the future – it is something that we possess right now.

It makes you think.

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About Adam David Collings

Adam Collings is a writer of speculative fiction who works as a software engineer during the day. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children. Adam is currently working on a science fiction novel.
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10 Responses to Coming Home

  1. Good article, Adam, and way to go on using your own story as an illustration. I’m trying to do more of that in my own blogging. I’m looking forward to going to my true Home.

    ~ VT

  2. Adam, what joy to know that we have another home, a perfect home, waiting for us at the end of this life — home on earth for a time and home with our Heavenly Father for eternity. Enjoyed your post! Blessings to you and your family! 🙂

  3. Sounds like an interesting book. Most of us don’t want to go “home” to heaven too soon–probably because of the very fact we’re not familiar with it. People tend to cling to the familiar until all hope is lost. Our earthly bodies deteriorate to a point that most of us are finally able to let go and travel to a much better home–that is, if we are Christians. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Traci B says:

    Excellent post, Adam; it delivers a heavenly message we all need to hear from time to time, especially as this life gets busier and more engrossing, and it also promotes your work, which I’m now curious to read. Well done. 🙂

    P.S. – I think you left off an “un” in the last word of this sentence: “In my science fiction web serial, The Colonists, Earth is quickly becoming inhabitable.”

  5. Tracy Krauss says:

    I love the premise for your book The Colonists. Sounds intriguing and I will have to check out some of your posted chapters. I also watched your video and enjoyed it. It’s cool to see other writers in their ‘home environments’, plus I like the way you outline and organized your writing… Blessings!

  6. Scott Fields says:

    I agree that it sounds like an interesting book. Keep us posted on its progress.

    For the record . . . this post was the first from the blog chain that I’ve promoted with the #cwblogchain hashtag on Twitter. I intend doing it with everyone’s from now on, but it seemed something of a historic occasion—y’know, the first one, ‘n’ all.

    Thanks for the post, Adam.

  7. As long as we still have work to do on Earth, the Lord will keep us here. When our time is done, He’ll take us, then we’ll see how far-reaching our efforts really were. Like a rock dropped into still waters, the ripples expand and we never know who they touch. At least that’s how I see it.

    ~ VT

  8. Great way to tie the theme, your novel and Jesus together so neatly. Good job. Ya made us think.

  9. Dave Pardoe says:

    We are only visiting this planet. Some day we will be home.
    Great blog post. 🙂

  10. Kerimae says:

    Home: origin AND destination. Yep.

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