Even though it's Dec.12 its advent day 11, I thought maybe it might be a 12 Days of Christmas but nope. We are taking alook at I'll Be Home For Christmas, it's a neat song for the holidays and reminds me of people traveling. Some do and some don't, my family and I one had Christmas in Lethbridge away from home at a nice hotel/lodge one time with some of mom's friends. That was something different and new, last year and most years we stayed at home for Christmas. Either inviting people over or just ourselves.
Phillipians 3 simply takes it a step higher where home is. Earth isn't our home as it is temporay for us to be in. When we become a child of God our home is made and built in heaven. Earth will pass away as the time will come oneday. We are to be alert and ready, always do what we can and when we can for God, so we are ready to go home!
20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
The term home is simply defined as this: Where one resides; a familiar setting; a place of origin. Where’s our home?
Our home is the place where we spent most of our years growing up and making memories. It’s where we took our first steps. It’s where we learned to drive a car. It’s where we had our first crush. It’s the place where we graduated high school and college and maybe even met our spouse. A place where we’ve grown into the people we are now. Home for us is where we feel at ease with those we love the most. It’s the place where we can be ourselves and not worry about the world outside.
Or is it? According to Webster, our home is where we reside, it’s our place of origin, our familiar setting. But according to the 1 Peter 2:11, our home isn’t in this world:
"Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul."
There is nothing wrong with enjoying places on earth. We have wonderful memories and experiences in different places throughout our lives. But we weren’t meant to be 100% at home here. Our home is with our Jesus in Heaven. Until He says it’s time to be with Him, we’ll stay here. And as much as we love our earthly homes, we’ll never be fully satisfied. Think of what songwriter Laura Story says in her famous song, Blessings:
"What if my greatest disappointments or the aching in this life is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy."
Only Christ can satisfy. Only His presence and peace can bring us pure, unadulterated joy. Only His comfort can truly take us off the ledge of disappointment and disaster. One day we will truly be home with Him. Not just for Christmas but for eternity.
And what a day of rejoicing that will be.
How can you allow Christ to satisfy you and to fulfill your every need this Christmas season, instead of relying on what the world can give?
I think sometimes with Christmas we can get busy rushing around to get things done for Christmas. I need to take time to get in the bible and take time to read, to pray, to even worship in song. The world is terrible in advertising for Christmas because they do it for commercialism. I understand every business needs to make money, but it's very hard to find thereal deal of things for Christmas. Some people might take it as it might "offend". I find it offensive that they don't share Christ because there are people that are looking for the real meaning of Christmas. I can't wait for that day to come to be home in Heaven.
Wow. Well said! I can't wait to be really "Home" for Christmas too!