“Where are you from?” It’s a question often asked when people meet for the first time. “Home” is one of the hallmarks of our identity. It helps define us.
Hollianne and I have several places to call home. We were both born in rural West Tennessee. We still have family there, so it’ll always be a special place for us. On the other hand- all three of our children were born in Knoxville, so East Tennessee sure feels like home too. And southeastern Ohio holds a special place in our hearts as well….as that’s the area we first lived as a married couple right out of graduate school.
Hollianne and I have lived many places over the past 20 years, but one thing is for certain: if I’m with her- anywhere feels like home.
Isn’t that what “home” really is? It’s where we feel safe and comfortable. Where we feel refreshed and alive. Home isn’t a building or structure, it’s more about the emotion.
As Christians, we have the promise of the ultimate place to call home.
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1
God has granted us a pathway to reach an eternal home.
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— 1 Corinthians 2:9
Heaven has been described as “paradise” (Luke 23) and a place of no pain, sorrow or sadness (Revelation 21). Can you imagine that? No tears in Heaven. A place of eternal happiness. The ultimate home place.
Let’s commit to preparing for a journey to our eternal home. I’ll pray for you- and I hope that you will pray for me too.