Thursday, December 31, 2020



 Dear All of Us,

"Make yourself right at home."

Lovely sentiment.

Terribly difficult just now.

Where we live and how we live

have really been hammered this past year.

Big Time! Bad Time!

And there are more hammers 

in the toolbox of next.

Homeland and home sweet home soured.

Our home game a win wished,

but sadly a strike out instead.

A murderous pandemic, 

a nation that couldn't/wouldn't take hold of it,

just about everything politicized to a peril,

states of mind and peoples not at all united,

governance on life support,

anger in the air everywhere polluting the peace,

country and culture at war within,

finances flipping ever more to the ten percent

and slamming the ninety percent 

to the floor yet again and maliciously more. 

Many-most stretched to snap.

Yep, hammered! Things not at all 


           AT HOME

In one way and too many, 

everyone has been evicted

from an at-homeness desired and lost.

What to do?

How be with all this?

We can kick and scream,

drop into depressions 

of spirit and society,

wait it out in a quarantine of numbing now 

that just won't quickly flow away.

Or we can see things as they are

and adjust to new habitats of 

meaning, manner, mode.

Whatever our reaction and response,

our spiritual living will be effected,

and that in a pervasive, telling way.

Yes, in a lot of ways 

we really are homeless,

at least to what was 

and what is wanted.

We are forced to relocate,

if not physically, 


spiritually for sure, 

and in many unfamiliar 

and less than easy ways. 

Six feet apart and more than 

six degrees of separation.

    All this raises 



   critical and yet 

 often long avoided:

   Where and how 

   can we really be 


     about being

      AT HOME

in a solid spiritual way,

no matter the travail 

of our "Nows" and "Here's"?

Where are we located 

in this right now and here with 

our values, 

our life style, 

our focus,

our preoccupations 

and possessions, 

what we are taking 

and what we are giving?

How really, how radically 

in the best sense of it,

are we living out 

   The Sermon On The Mount 

and making our real home in the

  Kingdom Come and Coming,

     even in the midst of 



    Empire's Lies To Life?

       What's our real 

    location and address?


Our PanProblems 

can motivate us 

to make sure 

that we have

a home base rock real,

one that gives surety,

a foundation firm,

no matter the trouble and turbulence,

one that stabilizes and strengthens.

It means to 




                  for real 


           RIGHT AT HOME



 "the way, the truth, and the life" (1)

             so truly so that

"I live now not I, but Christ lives in me." (2)

That takes us to a place and way 

of being really "right at home"

no matter the travail and trouble about us:

                "Live in me. 

         Make your home in me 

             just as I do in you...

               I've loved you 

    the way my Father has loved me. 

    Make yourself at home in my love..." (3)

                  RIGHT AT HOME

                     Yes, Yes. Yes!

             Your Home Mate

                John Frank


(1) John 14:6   (2) Galatians 2:20

(3) John 15:4, 9 The Message 


     If you wish, here are some 

     prompts and supports

    to personalize and socialize 

   what we have shared above.

           PRAY AND PONDER

In a time and a place and a way 

of calm and quiet 

we invite The Spirit

to breeze through us,

to blow out the fetid air of fear 

and of stifling self centeredness,

to flow us clear and clean.

We ponder.

We pray.

Where am I really "right at home"

in my everyday-everyway living?

What's the context and consistency 

of my consciousness?

What constructs fashion 

and fix my habitation,

my fears and hopes, 

my surety and fallibility,

my flaws and forte,

my clarity and my confusion,

my sense of things,

my vice and virtue,

my freedom and growth,

my deepest intimacy,

where /how am I rock solid 

and/or sand soft?

On what foundation

and of what construction

is the house and home 

of my living?

How real and reliable?

How open for expansiveness

in grace and creativity 

and how safe in storm? 

How about all this with a view 

to our shared home 

as a people on a planet 

       - us here -

So let's sense the wisdom 

of our childhood.

Three little pigs in peril.

One constructed a home of sticks.

One constructed a home of straw.

One constructed a home of brick.

The big bad wolf huffed and puffed

and blew down the homes of sticks and straw.

He also consumed pork roast for dinner.

For all the vigor of his velocity 

as he huffed and puffed, 

the home of brick held

and it held that wise little piggy 

safe and secure.

Ill winds buffet us in the best of times.

These times don't come within 

a country mile of best.

PanProblems and Empire 

with their ill winds bang against 

the structure of soul and society.

Any habits and habitations 

of stick or straw

fall apart and fly away,

leaving us naked and homeless.

Are there any sticks and straws

in the structure of my living?

How about sticks and straw in

our shared habitation 

as a national and world wide people?

What are they - in detail and candidly so?

Am I willing to make a move 

to a new and solid home, to be 

      "Right At Home"

as offered by Jesus The Christ?

Am I willing to share 

with others habitation in the 

       Kingdom Come

as we open to the 

     Kingdom Coming,

and that in the midst of Empire 

and its terrifying tornedo of evil?

Does that really draw me?

Does it frighten me?

What can I/we do to better locate 

as a society - specifically - 

where we are and as we are?

Will I labor for a reconstruction of church,

mosque, synagogue, religious grouping?

Will I team up with all sorts of us

for a reconstruction 

of our social system, 

for justice, compassion, equity?

Will I invest me, my time, concern, 

effort and money for these?

Will I have and use less 

so others have enough?

Yes, lots of childhood wisdom 

from which to draw.

And oh what "beyond wisdom" from Jesus!!

This is how he wraps up 

The Sermon On The Mount.

    Matthew 5:1 - 7:28

Let's clear the airwaves 

and hear it again for the first time:

  Everyone who hears these words of mine 

  and acts on them will be like a wise man 

  who built his house on rock.

  The rain fell, the floods came, 

  and the winds blew and beat on that house, 

  but it did not fall, 

  because it had been founded on rock. 

  And everyone who hears these words of mine 

  and does not act on them will be like 

  a foolish man who built his house on sand. 

  The rain fell, and the floods came, 

  and the winds blew and beat against that house , 

  and it fell - 

  and great was its fall!" 

                    Matthew 7:24- 27

There's a torrent of rains, floods,

winds battering where and how we live. 

What's the foundation of how I live -

specially spelled out in a cogent, clear 

one line statement of its essence?

It is critical to see and say it.

What are we counting on to hold up

in the storms of self and society

and to support glorious, 

creative Kingdom Living?

Going over The Sermon On The Mount,

what do I hear Jesus say and The Spirit

speak to my soul right Here in my Now

and those of our society?

This is good for weeks of 

pondering and praying.

If I hear Jesus aright, 

what am I being and doing about it?

There's a couple more weeks of

pondering and praying - at least!!

Have I gotten out of head 

and into heart with Jesus

and Kingdom living?

Have/How do I kick into gear

and practically put into action

the words of Jesus?

( "act on them" )

How much do I really want to be


in and with Jesus and all those

homesteading in 

The Kingdom Here So Far 

and opening up to the limitless, unending  

Kingdom To Come?

Jesus wants me to live with him.

Jesus wants to live with me.

Where am I with that - with HIM - with us?

How am I about moving in 

with all sorts of others in this 

Jesus habitation -

others really "other"??

In what ways can I invite many more 

to move into this Home built on rock?

It's a place of love and justice lived.

Am I "all in" or sort of, or soon, or..?

How much am I really 


     At Home

Hey! This sure will keep us off the streets

for a while and it sure will send us out 

to the streets in sharing and service.


This holyday week there were 

exceptional numbers

of first time visitors joining in with us,

especially from Russia, Portugal, 

Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, 

and of course the USA.

Please make yourselves

    "right at home" 

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      All the best in the new year

      and pray that we all are

      really and rightly and truly 

             RIGHT AT HOME



    and make it that way for those 

             other "others."



Special prayer for those of us here in the USA.

We are entering a week of potential violence

to principle, people and the peace.

May peace prevail.

                Thank You!!