In my message yesterday, I touched lightly on a memory that has been with me for as long as sixty years. Because I am a now a senior citizen, I’m sure I have brought out this subject from the pulpit more than a few times. After all, that is what old timers do, isn’t it? Anyway, I was recalling my normal routine when I would get home from school. I’d walk in, look for mom and then say: “Hey mom, I’m home.” The first thing she would always do was ask me if I wanted to eat anything. To that too, I can also say: “Isn’t that what mothers do?” Back then, I did not think much about that particular routine, neither did it dawn on me that one day, I would grow up, leave home, and those greetings would one day just be a memory, which is what it is today. Another thought I never entertained back then was that one day I would miss those after school greetings so much.
Then, in my adult life I experienced the greatest thing that ever happened to me. Christ came into my life. Now, because of Him, the yearning of again being able to say “Hey mom, I’m home” is now a reality. When King David’s son, the one that was born out of his affair with Bathsheba, died, David said with a grieving heart: “But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:23) The circumstances around the death and departure of our loved ones, though different, was perhaps as painful as David’s experience. Nevertheless, because of Christ, we can all say like David: “I will go to him.” (her)
My reunion with my mom, along with my dad and the rest of my family, won’t be in the old house we lived in so many years ago but in our new celestial home. She got there way before the rest of my siblings and me. Nevertheless, as sure as I am here behind my PC writing about it today, she is there waiting for the rest of us to go join her. I don’t know if it will be this year, or next, or five, or ten, or more years from today. One thing I do know for sure is that I’ll be able to say once again, and for the last time: “Hey, mom, I’m home!” Dear child of God, I pray you will be blessed by that happy thought today for you too will be able to, not only see and say “hi” to your mom, or dad, or sibling, or child once again, you’ll be able to stay there with them forever.
God’s word for today: (Revelation 7:9) “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.”