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Homesick for Heaven

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“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 42:1-2

I remember when I was about six years old, my mother had to spend a night or so in the hospital for a small surgery on her hand.  I remember getting ready for bed that night and missing her.  Of course, I did not want anyone to know why I was crying, so I told my Dad that my brother had kicked me.  Fortunately, my father realized that I was missing my Mom and did his best to comfort me.  I was home, but I was homesick for my mother.

God designed you and I to desire Him.  Somehow in each one of us there is a place that can only be filled with the presence of the Lord.  The path He has put us on was uniquely planned just for us and may be entirely different from someone else’s.  The Lord knows each one of us by name and he knows our strengths and our weaknesses.  He leads us in the path He has chosen and as we seek His presence each day, He guides every step.  We must look only to Him, and not try to walk in the footsteps of others.

We are living the last days.  I believe that Jesus is soon coming back to take His people home.  I have found that the older I get, the more I think about heaven.  I am so thankful that we can go to the Lord in prayer and worship and feel His presence in a powerful way.  But that is just a little taste of what it is going to be like when we step into Heaven and see Him face to face.  Every day the tug towards heaven becomes stronger.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” I Thessalonians 4:16-18

Are you homesick for Heaven?

Prayer:  Thank you Jesus for the hope you have given us, and for the desire that you have put within our hearts to seek after you so that we will be ready for your coming.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

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