Homesick

July 24, 2010

I write this on the eve of another funeral this summer. It doesn’t matter how many I attend (and I’ve been to a lot this year) they never get any easier. Good friends, old and young, have passed on and left grieving family members. I know that pain too well and even though I try, I can never stop the tears when I see someone else having to endure it.

Besides sadness, there’s always another feeling that nags at me while at funerals. Envy. Not a lot, but enough to remind me how much I want to go home. I have friends and family that I want to see again. I have parents and grandparents that I’d like to get to know. I have a Savior who I desire to meet face to face.

Do I worry about my loved ones when it’s my time to go? A little, but not too much. I know that God is bigger than grief. I know that He can take better care of them than I ever could. He’s proved that already in my life. I believe that he can get us through anything.

May we remember our responsibilities here, but never forget that we have friends and family waiting in a home prepared just for us (John 14:2-3).

It’s time to get excited about eternity and there’s nothing wrong with getting a little homesick from time to time.

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