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There really is no place like home

March 20, 2012
By BILL MAZEY - Community Columnist ( , Tribune Chronicle |

There's no place like home

I know that is an old cliche, but it is so very true. It is good to be back in northeast Ohio and it is good to be back with our church family at Grace Baptist in Champion. We returned Sunday night to familiar surroundings and it just feels good. The sights and sounds of the area and of springtime that we are used to help make us comfortable.

Spring also happens to be one of my favorite times of year. As I type this column my window is open and I can hear the sounds of the birds chirping. There are a few different birds out there right now and it is nice to hear the different sounds mixing together. In back of that sound is the noise of cars going down the street.

It really is nice to open up the windows and let in some fresh air. The weather is good and the temperature is up and it sure beats having the furnace on. Springtime just seems to rejuvenate us after a winter.

Another thing I like about spring is when the daffodils start to come up. They are one of my favorite flowers. When you see them coming up through the ground with the distinctive green stems and yellow flowers you're assured that spring has arrived. I like to watch other flowers start blooming too, but daffodils are one of my favorites.

I spent so much time driving on different roads recently that I forgot what it was like to travel down some familiar roads. Yesterday I drove down route 305 past Mosquito Lake to head into Cortland. There were some fishermen out trying their luck. Fishing isn't something that I have taken to that much but I do like to eat fresh fish.

Driving to Cortland to visit someone from the church made me think how glad I am to live where there is not a lot of traffic. It has been a year and I still chuckle when someone tells me their complaints about traffic. If only they knew what real traffic congestion is. I'll take this over an urban area anytime.

From Cortland I traveled up route 5 into Johnston and then over to route 88. This route took me into Bristolville and another stop. I couldn't believe how many people were fishing at this end of Mosquito. But it was such a nice day how could you stay inside?

There were a lot of people working out in their yards too. Some were raking or shoveling and others were picking up sticks or fallen branches. There is so much going on during the spring and so much to do. Between planting gardens and yard cleanup or landscaping there is an endless supply of things to do.

But home is much more than familiar surroundings and sights. It is about people and our connections with them. We are not just glad to be back in northeast Ohio during the spring, we are glad to be back among people we know and who know us. If you make good deep connections with people you can live just about anywhere.

We have made some connections like that here. In about one year's time, the people of Grace Baptist Church in Champion have connected with us and we have connected with them. They have accepted us, supported us, encouraged us, loved us, served with us and worshipped with us. They are family and it is good to be home. We count ourselves blessed more than words can tell.

Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor.



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