GONE HOME!

A DOZEN PLUS YEARS AGO MY MOTHER WENT ‘HOME’. SHE HAD A ROUGH FEW MONTHS IN THE HOSPITAL WITH HER FINAL WEEKS IN A SPECIAL CARE WING FOR TERMINAL PATIENTS. LOTS OF HAND HOLDING AND PRAYERS WITH HER MADE HER LAST DAYS MORE COMFORTING. BUT NOTHING IS MORE COMFORTING THAN THE HAND OF JESUS WELCOMING YOU HOME.

THE DAY MOTHER WENT HOME STARTED AS THE FEW DAYS BEFORE. SHE LAID IN A DRUG INDUCED COMA TO RELIEVE HER PHYSICAL PAIN AS I CONTINUED TO HOLD HER HAND AND PRAY. EVEN IN HER CONDITION, I KNEW SHE COULD HEAR ME IN SOME WAY. MOTHER WAS PREPARED TO ‘GO HOME’. AFTER SHE PASSED, I WENT OUT INTO THE HALL TO BE ALONE AND GAIN MY COMPOSURE AS I PRAYED. ONE OF HER CAREGIVERS SAW ME AND STOPPED. SHE ASKED HOW MY MOTHER WAS DOING. I TOLD HER; “MOTHER HAS GONE HOME.” SHE WAS SHOCKED AND RESPONDED, “SHE IS TOO ILL TO GO HOME.” I EXPLAINED; MOTHER HAD NOT GONE TO HER EARTHY HOME, SHE HAD GONE TO HER HEAVENLY HOME. THE NURSE SIGHED WITH RELIEF AND HUGGED ME. FROM HER REACTIONS, I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED IF THIS CARING NURSE IS PREPARED HERSELF TO ‘GO HOME’ SOMEDAY. PERHAPS, THAT MOMENT PLANTED A SEED.

MY MOTHER TOLD ME WEEKS BEFORE SHE WAS PREPARED TO ‘GO HOME’. BUT, IT WAS TO BE IN GOD’S TIME. NOT HERS OR MINE.

ARE YOU PREPARED TO GO HOME? WE NEVER KNOW THE TIME OR PLACE GOD WILL CALL US HOME. ARE THERE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE YOU NEED TO MAKE TODAY? MAKE THOSE CHANGES. TALK TO GOD. PREPARE YOURSELF TO ‘GO HOME’. ENJOY THE PEACE KNOWING YOU WILL BE IN HEAVEN WHEN GOD CALLS YOU.

“MY FATHER’S HOUSE HAS MANY ROOMS, IF THAT WERE NOT SO, WOULD I HAVE TOLD YOU THAT I AM GOING 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.” JOHN 14: 2-3 NIV