Home For Christmas

I’ve always liked the song “I’ll be home for Christmas”…except the last line…if only in my dreams. I cannot imagine not being with my family at Christmas. But so often that happens and people are separated at the holidays. It makes me sad.

This weekend I attended a funeral for a wonderful man. He was the grandfather of Nathan’s brother-in-law…but everyone affectionately called him “Grandpa”. There was never a time I saw him in the last 14 years when he wasn’t smiling. What I will remember the most about him is that he had the most wonderful smile and passed it along to almost every single one of his children and grandchildren. But hearing about his faith  and how he ended each day on his knees in prayer was a blessing to all who were there.

His love of Christmas was also a blessing to hear about. To think, Grandpa gets to be with Jesus on His Birthday this year with no more pain or sorrow! I think I like “I’ll be home for Christmas” even more now and I will always think of Grandpa when I hear it. As I prepare Him room I am so grateful that Grandpa is smiling with Jesus for His Birthday this year and that I will see that smile of his again!

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believe in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

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