The road, the way, the path–these are all metaphors different traditions use for the spiritual journey. So many great spiritual teachers leave home, go on a long, arduous journey, and then return home transformed. One of the tasks of the spiritual life is to take the journey within and to see where it leads us, knowing that when we journey away from home we’re likely to be transformed, perhaps in surprising ways. Where are you right now on your life’s journey? What keeps you rooted as you travel along the open road? My sermon this week will explore the paradoxical need to leave home in order to find it, or, as the poet T.S. Eliot says, to “know the place for the first time.