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This past weekend was Homecoming in Taylorsville. Oops, I just remembered, they changed the name to Octoberfest! But I guess I still think of it as Homecoming.
The parade, the bands, the food, and the friends all make it a good time, no matter what you call it.
But I must admit, I just love the sound of “Homecoming.” I served in the Marines for several years and spent about a year overseas without my wife; homecoming meant a lot to me. As a pastor, I have the chance to go on missions trips and attend conferences that often take me away from home.
But I look forward to that homecoming.
There is something about that word “home” that is warm and welcoming, at least for me. I know many people don’t have a warm feeling about home at all. Home for them means stress and strife; it means sorrow and sometimes even pain. But that is not what a home ought to be. Home should mean peace, acceptance, and safety. Our homes should be a refuge from a troubled world, a haven of safety in the storms of life.
But you know we all have a home like that. There is a great homecoming awaiting those who trust in the Lord. Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2, NIV) You see we are going to our Father’s house someday. When we trust in Christ, we become the Children of God, and as His Children we have a Home.
What a Homecoming that will be! I don’t know about a parade, but I do know there will be a lot of singing! And there will be a great feast, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19). And in that moment, whether we have died and traveled home, or have heard the last trumpet and been called home, in that moment we will understand what Home truly is.
I pray your home is a picture of heaven on earth. If it is not, I pray that God will grant you that mercy sometime soon; a home of peace and harmony, of safety and security. But remember this, even the best home here is only a poor shadow of the great Home God is preparing for us. And what a Homecoming that will be! Are you ready? I’m looking forward to that day when I will see the Savior and He will say, “Welcome Home!”