As I get older, more and more of my friends, family and relatives are moving from their home here on earth to their new home with Jesus. Although I am able to celebrate the thought of having a perfect home to go to, I am always deeply saddened for those that are left here on earth and the pain that we must endure with the passing of a loved one. Especially when these earthly and emotional challenges occur near holidays.
When I think of my own mortality, I know that someday I too will be with God in heaven and… I do look forward to that. At the same time, I sometimes feel guilty that I am in no hurry to leave right where I am here on earth surrounded by my earthly friends and family.
I have a very strong relationship with Christ and completely believe I will be able to endure any challenges that this world will throw at me. Not that I want to, I just know that with Jesus in my life I can. God willing.
During Christmas, and if we can push any of the emotions of “life on earth” to the side, we can see that there is hope. The celebration of the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ is the purest of that evidence.
“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”
Hebrews 13:14, NLT
My Life Application devotional from Tyndall House Publishers adds, “We should not be attached to this world, because all that we are and have here is temporary. Only our relationship with God and our service to him will last. Don’t store up your treasures here; store them in heaven.”
I am not certain how “attached” to this world I am. I guess, I feel like even with all the evil and hate that this world contains that I am still able to have a little piece of Heaven right here on earth.
I know that my observation is somewhat delusional but it is what is in my heart. And if Jesus is in my heart making it seem that way, then I am good with that. I know Jesus to be the truth. Regardless, I am comforted in placing my hope in Jesus and happy to be able to endure any worldly encounters with hope.
Lord, during this holiday season help us all to feel the comfort of hope in our hearts. Allow us us to see the truth through Jesus Christ our savior while enduring whatever we must while on earth. Let us celebrate the birth of Jesus as a symbol of hope for all of mankind and so each of us will be able to find our way home.