In the parable in Luke 15, there is a moment when the Prodigal Son comes to his senses and realizes just how far he is from home. Some see this solely as a mental awakening. And while I believe that’s true, I also believe the physical senses were present in that moment, as he remembered the smell of home cooking and the texture of his father’s hands and waking to the sound of birdsong. It was the senses—all of them—that helped turn his heart toward home. With an overarching theme of “touch,” what follows is the first of four brief devotions to hopefully help us come to our senses (see, hear, taste, smell) during Advent, and turn our hearts toward Home.