Christmas is now officially past in our home. I love when we are all together. I love the house full of laughter and the smells of homemade spaghetti sauce on the stove.
I love to see the games being played and the silliness of giddy little children who are overly tired and now spinning themselves literally in circles all over my family room floor.
I’m one of the fortunate because I have children and grandchildren that want to come to our place. They always stay a few nights. I am indeed blessed.
The evening always comes though
When everyone begins to pack up their suitcases and load the cars with all this years gifts that they received. I know when I go back into my home it will once again be quiet and my heart can hurt a bit because of the emptiness within our homes walls.
If I allow myself to go down that road of emotions I also travel to years gone by and think of my dad or grandparents who are no longer with us. I can get myself into quite a depressed tizzy if I allow.
I think what I really want now is heaven on earth.
I want us all to be together (family that has passed on) and family that is here now. I don’t want to be separated by states and distances. I don’t want to see my 3-year-old grandson choking back tears because our time together has once again come to an end. We love to be together.
And one day we will …forever and ever and ever.
This life was not meant to be heaven. Heaven will come and for those that have received their free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, it will be heaven on earth one day. It will be a new earth with no sickness or sorrow, loneliness, or sin.
I’m going to enjoy this journey now and count the many blessings that God has given me along the way. I’m going to ask Him to daily renew my mind and to keep me focused on what is really important.
But make no mistake about it…I look forward to the new heaven and new earth that God has indeed promised to His children one day.
“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, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live 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.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”