During a recent trip back to Pennsylvania, I mentioned to my husband “that it seemed like we were home.” We were just north of Harrisburg and about seventy-five miles from Muncy. That is home. My husband said, “It seems like home because we are home.” Pennsylvania is our home state!
Home is a wonderful word and is used to describe many places in one’s lifetime. The place of one’s birth is home. Most people have several different homes because of job locations. My father was a pastor and Air Force chaplain; needless to say, we moved several times. Our Virginia Beach realtor was a navy wife. She had moved eighteen times in twenty years. Each place became home.
As we drove north along the beautiful Susquehanna River (once voted the most beautiful word in the English language), we talked of the Home of the Christian. Our eternal home is more than “where your heart is” or “where you hang your hat.” We are reminded that God has prepared a place for each one of His children. Someone said, “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.”
John 14:1-6: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4) And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5) Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Reader friend, no matter where you call “home,” be sure Heaven is your home. Home is not just where your heart is; it is where the Lord is. Maybe you are like the “Prodigal son” and have wandered far from home. You can read that story in Luke, chapter 15.
Home has many wonderful memories for most of us. The promise of a home in Heaven tops them all.