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Homesick

If the past 18 months have proven anything, it has shown us how important community is. The pandemic has stolen much from our everyday lives, most noticeably our human interactions. Having to stand six feet apart, avoiding hugs, handshakes and the ways we express our care and concern for each other has made this season a challenging one, for sure. And there are many people who used to be a part of my everyday life that I miss. I miss Bill who was such a joy to see at the towel desk. I miss the ladies from our west end entrance who made this place feel like family. I miss Nick who used to brighten my day with a game of hide-and-seek in the administration office area. Missing those who made an everyday difference with their simple presence makes me a little heart-sick, but something we all have to deal with in this life.
 
Is it possible to miss a place that we have yet to visit? I sometimes miss my home town where I grew up, but that’s because I have memories of a place I’ve been to and lived in. But to be homesick for a place that I have yet to call home can seem kind of strange at times. What makes it feel strange is that I find myself dreaming and longing for someplace I cannot fully comprehend. I have never physically seen heaven. No person, except the apostle John, has seen the splendor of the place still being created by God. But as His children, and because of His promises, we can long for a place we have yet to visit, and it’s okay. The apostle Paul spoke of longing for heaven when he said in 2 Corinthians 5, “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling…” 
 
Sometimes the things of this world can weigh so heavily on us that we simply groan and long for the day when our tears will be wiped away, those we have missed will be by our side, and we’ll be in the eternal presence of the One who gave His all for us. But what about today? What about now? How are we to live in light of that promise yet to be realized? Paul continues with his encouragement in 2 Corinthians when he says, “Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight…we make it our goal to please Him…”
 
It’s okay to be homesick for that day when we’ll be complete, the struggles of this life will be forgotten and our heavenly home will be a reality. We have a great home awaiting us and that homecoming will be like no other we have ever experienced. But until that day comes we must continue to live this life by faith; in His promises, in His Word, and in His presence. And our goal should be to please Him in all we do. Is that your goal today? I pray it is.
 
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.  

- C.S. Lewis