Tyler trotted around the bases during his Varsity baseball season this year with excitement, eventually tagging home plate as the team erupted into an impromptu celebration. It was his his first high school home run.
Reaching home as a sophomore was a reason to celebrate!
We traveled a ton this summer, new cities, new hotels, baseball games, lots of excitement. But I can tell you there was always such anticipation, joy and relief when I walked through the door of our home after days in a hotel coupled with lots of driving. Dorothy’s words from The Wizard of Oz really took on new meaning. “There is NO place like HOME, there is no place like home……” I still recall the great relief I felt as I slowly sank into my favorite chair at home after a long road trip. I LOVE MY HOME , I love my home……I would think to myself!
I must say I did not indulge in Black Friday shopping this year, I was too immersed in the Thanksgiving fun at my brother’s house to bother with it. Somehow shopping for hours on Friday after Thanksgiving really had no appeal to me. I really enjoyed having FUN at my brothers house so much more than frantic shopping! Uncle Scott’s go kart is always more fun than shopping for more stuff. 🙂
So the question is, what do Black Friday shopping, my desire to be at home and Tyler’s home run all have in common? Yes we answer the big questions of life here at Jesus and Dark Chocolate! 🙂
I had such a strong desire to go home after being on the road so much this summer. Home to my refuge, my place rest, and peace and comfort. And as we all did with Tyler’s home run, going home is also a reason to celebrate!!
………..I am learning a lot these days about going Home…..about the importance of Home! And I am not talking about my physical home here on earth, I am talking about a heavenly Home.
With Curt’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease I see a whole focus shift for him. His eyes are heavenly. When I routinely asked him what he wants for Christmas……he replied “besides a few Eagles (football team) shirts, really nothing.” He knows those things are not going with him to heaven. And that is what they are….things, stuff, they have NO real eternal value. He is buying and preparing for Heaven not for earth.
And as even I hate to admit this, my new, lovely Keurig coffee machine that I truly worship each morning, really has no lasting value. Sure it brings me joy each morning as I put that little k cup in, and behold, with in moments my morning addiction awaits me. But it really has no eternal value.
HOME, yes our heavenly HOME is so much greater than Ty’s home run. My heavenly HOME is so much greater than my cozy, refuge I currently call home. And all those great deals you got on Black Friday and my sweet Keurig coffee machine truly have little to no lasting value.
Yes I am thankful for Curt’s perspective. It’s a wonderful reminder to me this Holiday season of the things that truly matter.
Jesus sent to earth as a tiny baby, He grew to be the Savior of the world.
HOME, our heavenly HOME, that perspective from Curt, is a wonderful Gift this Christmas season!
Thanks friends for all your encouragement, prayers and hugs!