Coming home

Today I went to my “home” church for services. It was a precious time to reconnect with sweet friends and visit with former students. As I walked in the doors, my heart seemed to exhale and the deep breaths that followed were full of new life and depth of peace that have been missed. My church in Nebraska is filling – but there is something about walking into the church that fed me and then my whole family for over 15 years. 

When I was in my twenties, I could go for long periods of time without sleep, constantly on the run, sleeping wherever I happened to be. As I get older, I find myself looking for the places that allow me to rest and refill after a busy week at work, or even to allow me to restore myself after being under the weather. Home fulfills all these needs. When I leave home again, I am able to go into battle because I am equipped for the next situation. 

A woman approached me while at church, asking if we had any Bibles to give away to a couple who were receiving help through the homeless ministry. I immediately went to find some Bibles. I know that they may not have a physical home, but they would be able to find a home with Jesus as they read and studied the verses. 

Walking with Jesus does the same thing for me. When I meet with Him, listening and learning from Him, letting my spirit be corrected as it needs, then I can walk forward ready for the next step in His purposes for me. I wonder if you understand what I mean, Dear One. When you spend time with Jesus do you find your heart expanding? How do you feel when you don’t? 

Someday when I die, hopefully many years from now, I will come face to face with Jesus. I will finally understand the trials and triumphs from Heaven’s point of view. The only thing that will matter to me at that time will be that my soul will be home. I will breathe in and out for all eternity in the joy and the presence of the Jesus I have prayed to, cried to, and sang to in my life.

 I will be home. O Best Beloved, what will happen to you on that day? Will you stand before Jesus and find a familiar stranger or a familiar friend? 

 Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him (John 14:23). 

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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