Tuesday, December 30, 2008

No Place Like Home

Yesterday was a tough day for me. Yesterday was December 29. Yesterday marked fifteen years since my mother died. Even though my spiritual journey over the past 15 years has brought me peace and taught me acceptance for the most part; I still hate the reality that my mother is not here with me.

Yesterday was also a tough day for another family. Bro. Bobby Renfro, one of my former pastors, lost his battle with cancer but won the prize of a race well run. Bobby affected so many people in so many ways, that his presence will be strongly missed.

In the MercyMe song Homesick, Bart writes:
"You're in a better place, I've heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I've rejoiced for you
But the reason why I'm broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don't understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I'll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I'm still here so far away from home"
And so today, I am homesick. Homesick for a place I've never been, but I know I belong. I know I belong because my mother is waiting for me. But even more important, because the Father is waiting for me. And there's no place like Home.


Anonymous said...

Just think, Denyse. When we are finally home there will be so many wonderful ones who have gone before us to greet us at those gates and welcome us home!! I know I belong because so much of my heart is already there! Cheryl

The Wise Family said...

A well written post, friend. It will be two years January 12 that my mom made her journey home. There's no one like our moms, is there? I just imagine the greeting we will receive when we join them. Thinking about you today!