As most of you know by now, Jo Ann and I have essentially moved to the Denver, Colorado area. I say “essentially” because I’m currently in Denver and Jo Ann is back in Hagerstown- we’re one house in two locations! We’re moving into a house in Denver while moving out of a house in Maryland. We should be completely moved into our house in Denver the end of this month. Until then, again, we’re one house, two locations; which means we are always aware of both places, because at this moment, this is “who” we are and “what” we’re about.
Actually, we’re one house, five locations: The above referenced situation plus our son Casey and his wife, Julianna in Seattle, WA, our son Corey and his wife Lauren in Hagerstown, MD, and our daughter Cayla, in Storrs, CT. We all have a stake in one another’s lives- we’re Broadwater’s, we’re family, and it doesn’t matter where each of us may be at any given time, we are, and will always be, one house, in multiple locations. As you can imagine, we could multiply this to extended family, etc.
I love how many cultures and societies historically refer to a particular family and lineage as, “the House of….” You see, as long as there was, and is, the continuance of the family name from one generation to the next, the “House of…” was, and is perpetuated. Living in the same actual house and/or location as the the founding or preceding generation is not what constitutes a “House/Family”- it is the validity of the name, the reproduction and perpetuation of the genes, traits, and characteristics, and the bond that simply exists because of the shared same name that makes a “house” a “House.” My personal family and my extended family of Broadwaters lives in many different houses, towns, cities, and states, but we are still very much one house!
This is also especially true of the Church family; whether it’s the folks of Grace Community Church or the larger entire Family of God; in the end, we are all, still, One House! And perhaps the greatest blessing in all of this,is that family is still Family, and a house is still a House, no matter how many different and unique locations there may be!