John 14: 1-4 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Throughout my life, these verses from John 14 have been among my favorite. The beauty of Jesus going to prepare a place for us cannot be overstated. However, as I reflected on these verses again, I was struck by another aspect of these verses namely God’s house having many rooms. The implication is that God’s house is big. As we continue to honor God by serving people as they age, the bigness of God’s house is an important metaphor for us to keep in mind. 

Throughout this year, we have touched on several different characteristics of home. For me, one of the big attributes of home is spaciousness. When we open our homes to others, we are opening space for them. As Jesus spoke to his disciples, one thing was clear, God’s house is incredibly spacious. At Baruch, we continue to strive to make space for residents and their families. We continue to make space so that people can feel at home. In the coming holiday season, we all will be making space for friends and families in our homes. As well, my prayer this month is that we would look for ways to continue to make space in our homes for others. As Jesus spoke about God’s spacious house, may we continue to open our homes to others. 

Chaplain Ryan