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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Home For The Holidays

In 1989, Wilmington got 17 inches of snow and Mike and I were trying to get home. We made it home but my older brother and his family could not leave. They acted like it was two days before Christmas so the kids would not be disappointed. But my younger brother and I knew it was December 24! The next day before Mom and Dad could get back in the house from telling their grandkids bye, Mike, Lee and I were all faking asleep in my bed so they could do the Santa thing! Mom said something and we all ignored her. She looked up the stairs and saw us all "asleep" and she got the message. Santa began delivering!

I loved being home where I was so loved. Mom always prepared things special for us. I always had a longing to go home! As children of God, our home isn’t a building, or even on this earth—it’s with God. Ephesians 2: 19, "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,..." John 3: 3, "Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." If you are not a child of God there is room for you too! You can be born again into God's family by accepting the gift of salvation through Jesus' death on the cross. No one messes up so bad that God won't welcome them back into a right relationship with Him.

God loves us so much that He gave us His only Son so that we could have eternal life. He wants to spend eternity with us. John 3: 16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." He welcomes us home. He prepares a place for us. John 14: 2-3, "My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

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