It wasn’t until my senior year in high school that I actually learned what “Homecoming” referred to. I attended a new high school, that was using the build-up plan. They started just with a freshman class, the next year that class advanced and we had a freshman and sophomore class, etc. I was part of the second graduating class, so it wasn’t until I was a senior that there was anyone to come home. “Oh, THAT’S what ‘Homecoming’ means!”
Every year at this time, we have our church Homecoming service. Part of it is an acknowledgment that many people travel during the summer, so we may not see everyone as regularly as we do during the rest of the year. Homecoming is where we all come back together, sharing stories about where we’ve been and what we’ve been doing.
But Homecoming is larger than just ending the summer. It’s an expression of the commitment that we make to one another, to be in each other’s lives, sharing in each other’s joys, sorrows, growth, and adventures.