Where is your home?
It used to be that I considered home the place where I grew up. It was a happy, peaceful place where Love was all around.
When I left and experienced other places that were not so warm and loving, I would go home in my mind.
The doors would open, my parents would be there welcoming me with open arms and the smell of fresh baked apple pie would be filling the air inside.
I would count the moments until I could get there again. For many years, I got to experience the joys of going home.
Then, one by one, my parents, our relatives and friends died. The house I called home was sold. It seemed going to that home was over.
Then I remembered my father’s often repeated story of going home. He grew up on a farm. After he was grown, he moved into town. But he would go home every weekend.
He had a car with a horn that could be heard from a mile away. In fact, it was called a mile away horn. He would honk the horn when he was a mile from home and his mother would be waiting at the gate when he got there, her arms outstretched.
He told the story with joy at the memory, but sadness because that world was gone. I told him I imagined when he got close to Heaven, Gabriel would blow his horn and his mother and my mother and others would be waiting for him at the gate.
The joy of the home I share with The Love of My Life comes not from the stuff inside. It comes from the people, animals, trees, flowers and all of God’s Creation that fill it and enfold it.
When I puzzle about why I am home and yet long for home, I understand that while I am thankful to live in a place God has prepared for me now, He is not done.
Even now, He is preparing my next Home. It will not be a replacement. It will be an expansion, large enough to include all I have loved on earth and even more!
I can hardly wait to see what He’s got planned. Jesus says when it is done, He Himself will personally escort me there. It will be the greatest Homecoming yet!
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Here is the link to my favorite song about going Home. Enjoy!