Coming Home

By Ruth Bell Graham   •   December 29, 2012

“I shall miss Mother this Christmas,” the clerk in the local store told me. Her mother had died recently, and this would be the first Christmas without her.

When her mother entered the hospital, the doctor told the family to stay out of the room so that she could rest.

“So I stayed out in the hall,” the clerk recalled. “Finally, I could stand it no longer, and I went in. Mother said, ‘I thought you’d never come!'”

Blinking back tears, the clerk added with a smile, “I think those will be the first words she’ll say to me when I get to Heaven.”

Psalm 116:15 says, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (KJV). I didn’t understand this verse until I realized that I had been looking at death from my perspective, not from God’s point of view.

Ever since my children left home for school or to get married, their return has brought a joy that one understands only when their children grow up, leave home and then return. Just as “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10, KJV), so, too, there is joy in Heaven as each child of God comes home.

Taken by permission from “Legacy of a Pack Rat,” by Ruth Bell Graham, ©1989 The Ruth Graham Literary Trust.

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  1. admassu says:

    simple but reveals God's truth.

  2. daniel says:

    I work elder care in food. I have lost a lot of my residents in the last 10 years. How I impacted them I might not know until I get to heaven Lord willing we both are there. I love my work. Ilikemostcoworkr but I really lovemyresidents.

  3. Charles says:

    We are reminded, at Christmas of the historical fact of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem of Judea, but do we endlessly celebrate that fact without realizing that Christ will come again? He will have a Second Advent.