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Longing for Home

My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  John 14:2-3

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Home is where the heart is.

Often, after an extended period away from home, I feel the need to return where things are familiar and where loved ones await. Home represents a place of origin and belonging.

To be far from home conjures up feelings of longing and melancholy. In spite of the natural beauty of my surroundings, some of my best vacations have left me with an unshakable restlessness.

I think the feeling comes because we are created with a void only God can fill. He has set a longing for heaven in our hearts, and this longing is the reason we sometimes find ourselves restless or lonely. 

What helps alleviate these feelings for me is cultivating an awareness of God’s presence and remembering Jesus is preparing a home for us. One day, He will return to take us to heaven where we’ll worship at His throne in unbroken fellowship. This thought fills me with peace and anticipation—regardless of where I find myself.

In our eternal home, sorrow and tears will be no more. We’ll experience real joy. We can have hope now because we are headed to our eternal home. And we’ll be there in the twinkling of an eye.

Let your homesickness lead you closer to God.

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Nydia DiCarali

Nydia DiCarali resides in New York, has been happily married for twenty years, and is the mother of two teenagers, ages seventeen and fourteen. She has been a Christian for more than twenty-four years and has spent the last thirteen years teaching women’s Bible studies and coordinating retreats and conferences at her local church. She currently serves on the board of a Christian foundation in Long Island that serves women and children in crisis. Nydia also works for a Christian ministry that has recently opened an orphanage in West Africa. Through her involvement with these ministries, she has had the opportunity to create newsletters and provide website content. She loves to encourage others and believes if we allow ourselves to be governed by God’s Word, we can live as more than conquerors.