Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:1-4
Two of my dearest friends had their deployed husbands return this week. What a joy to see their homecoming pictures! They make me cry!
On several levels.
First and foremost, these dear men whom we have been praying for have returned safely from dangerous places. They have been putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms, and their return just supports what is truly great about American military members…and their families. They have given up so we can enjoy. Praise God!
Secondly, I must admit that I have a few tears for myself, for my kids, and the homecoming we cannot have. Keith’s early trip to Glory means that we do not have him here, cannot have that hug we dream of, especially on the tough days.
But mingled with the sadness are tears of joy for my family as well, for one day, we will have a homecoming greater than this.
God, in His great love and mercy, have made a way so that we can all join Him for the greatest homecoming ever created. One day, our Savior will stand waiting in anticipation of us returning to Him. He will welcome us into our true home, the one in Heaven.
And while I cannot say for sure what homecomings are like with the former residents of earth who have already received their reward, I am sure that if Keith can be, he will be there…smiling and welcoming us home for good.
What a glorious homecoming that will be!