The spiritual life arises out of a deep longing. Long ago, David described his longing in these words, “my God, you are the One I seek. My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you” (Psalm 63:1). Made by God, we long for God. Spiritual formation is our acknowledgement of this longing and our desire to satisfy it.
In the 23rd Psalm, David used the imagery of a home to describe his confidence in the culmination of his longing “I will dwell in your house, YHWH, for days without end” (23:6). Jesus spoke of the Father’s house (John 14:2), and Paul took us beyond earthly time to write that we have “a house built by God, an everlasting home in the heavens, not made by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1).
Henri Nouwen has written extensively on the idea of the spiritual life using the metaphor of home. I suspect he will be most remembered for his book, ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son.’  The subtitle is, ‘A Story of Homecoming.’ And after he died, friends took some of his notes about homecoming and published them under the title, ‘Home Tonight.’ 
Frederick Buechner has likewise written about his spiritual journey in multiple volumes, one of which is entitled, ‘A Longing for Home.’ . He defines the spirituality of home as “a place where you feel you belong and which in some sense belongs to you, a place where you feel that all is ultimately well even if things aren’t going all that well at any given moment.” 
Buechner’s use of home to weave the threads of belonging, ultimacy, and realism captures the essence I hope to achieve in this series. We all live with some soul-sense of being “away from home,” and that awareness creates our hunger for God, our hunger for a life summed up in the words of Julian of Norwich, ““All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” We are on our way home.
 Henri Nouwen, ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming’ (Doubleday, 1992).
 Henri Nouwen, ‘Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son’ (Doubleday, 2009).
 Frederick Buechner, ‘A Longing for Home’ (HarperSanFrancisco, 1996).
 Ibid., 7.