“For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home….” Hebrews 13:14 (LB) “…our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians. 3:20 (NRSV)
Two beautiful white pelicans arrived in my little Kansas town a few weeks ago. They were greeted with surprise and concern as they laid around the lake for a few days. Observing them, it became obvious one of them was not well enough to travel. They had landed here seeking a safe place to rest and heal; but this is temporary lodging and not their home.
Watching these two beautiful birds, I was reminded that we, too, have not reached our home, but wait for healing. Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting to be called to reside. So, while we harbor here now, we wait for healing and the time when Jesus, our Savior, will bring us home.
By faith, we are assured that through his death and resurrection, the troubles of this life will someday be replaced, and we will take our place as citizens in our eternal home, celebrating with Jesus in God’s presence.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for the promise of a time and place where we will no longer experience hunger, discomfort or tears. Meanwhile, we pray that you sustain us with your love, mercy and grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Deaconess Doreen Scheuerman, Augusta, KS