People, look East! The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able;
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look East and sing today;
Love, the Guest, is on the way!
It’s hard to believe that John and I have been living in our tiny house for eight months, but I think it shocks other people even more. We are asked regularly how the house is coming and whether we’re nearly ready to move in, and upon answering, the most common response seems to be:
“Well. That’s nice to know. I haven’t seen pictures of it on your blog.”
Okay, okay, I know. It’s a sensitive subject here, too.
Although the physical side of things has been a bit slow in the going, our philosophical discussions have only been gaining speed. Will we build more houses? Bigger houses? Smaller houses? Tiny houses, earth houses, off-grid self-sustaining houses?
…and more importantly, why?
The concept of home resonates deeply with both of us. Home ought not to be where we go to isolate ourselves and escape the Other. Home is the center of our family, the provenance of our works, where we cultivate an interior life oriented to gratitude – and so naturally to generosity – and it is our foremost opportunity to practice the virtue of charity. Home is not an empty shell saddled with the burden of maintenance and property tax and utility bills, but the living, dynamic threshold upon which we meet Christ in neighbor and stranger alike.
We are looking East. We are learning what it takes to be the good we wish to encounter more in our community. We’re examining what a fruitful home looks like, and we are preparing the skills we’ll need to turn these good intentions into a deeper peace and a greater sense of connectedness for those around us. Even with dirty windows and untrimmed doors, we look to the Guest with joy and hope in our hearts.
Merry Christmas, from our home to yours.