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Sundown Devotional: Going Home Ready and Glad

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Sundown Devotional brings friends together as the sun sets on the workweek. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on heaven as our home. Christian or not, we will all be inspired. Welcome!

The Devotional

  • Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. ―Luke 21:28 NKJV

Most likely, when you worked outside the home, you were happy to get home every day. Now that staying home is mandatory, how do you feel? Glad? Sad? Mad?

In Luke Chapter 21: 25-28. Jesus tells us that when nations become distressed and perplexed, when people are obviously dying from fear, we are nearing home. He also describes our going-home posture, not full of sorrow or horror, but confident and glad. “Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Between now and then, we can joyfully say to everyone we meet that we are homeward bound. We may even invite them to come along.

Why then do some Christians appear to be frightened by the signs preceding our home-going? Why do we frighten each other even more, with the many WhatsApp texts highlighting distress and disasters? Why not send messages confirming our joy and inviting others to get ready for home? Bear in mind that although Jesus may not return for the faithful before the end of the virus pandemic, thousands are having their last chance today, to look up to Him as Savior and Redeemer.

What the King James Version translates as “Look up” is rendered in newer versions as “Straighten up.” This term emphasizes our responsibility to stand ready. We are passing through this worldly foreign territory to the heavenly home country to which we belong. As much as possible, let’s mend relationships, renounce bad habits and perform God-given tasks while we still can. Let us boldly live out our convictions, in the light of God’s promise that His grace is sufficient (1 Corinthians 12:9).

Do we long to go home? Not only will we escape pandemics and other disasters; we will also enjoy the presence of our loving God. What is our appropriate waiting posture? Absolute readiness in peace and purity (2 Peter 3:14) and in joy.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray with thanksgiving that while we trust You with protection for our physical well-being, we also trust You to help us to focus on our readiness for Your eternal redemption. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Ten Quotes About Heaven as Our Home

  1. “The great test of life is to see whether we will hearken to and obey God's commands in the midst of the storms of life. . . And the tragedy of life is to fail in that test and so fail to qualify to return in glory to our heavenly home.” ―Henry B. Eyring
  2. “Earth is your training ground; Heaven is your Home court.”―Danny L Deaubé
  3. “My desires are not for earthly things that will fade, corrode or burn. I set my heart and mind on things above. My faith and hope are in God alone and I eagerly await His return for me, because you see, 'I'm a citizen of heaven.'” ―Derek M. Puma
  4. “The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came to do three things. He came to have my past forgiven, you get a purpose for living and a home in Heaven.” ―Rick Warren
  5. The human heart longs for an assurance of a blessed, immortal place where those made righteous, the forgiven, the blessed are at home with God; when sin, disappointment, human failure, heartache, disease and death are forever ended!” ―John R. Rice
  6. “We are homeward bound. He who loved us so much as to die for us hath builded for us a city. . . Those whose lives have been hidden with Christ, those who on this earth have fought the good fight of faith, will shine forth with the Redeemer's glory in the kingdom of God.” ―Ellen White
  7. “We have but one permanent home: heaven - that's still the old truth that we always have to re-learn - and it's only through the impact of sad experiences that we assimilate it.” ―Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  8. “For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be for ever with Him.” ―William Barclay
  9. “I’m not afraid to die, for I know the joys of heaven are waiting. My greatest desire is to live today in anticipation of tomorrow and be ready to be welcomed into His home for all eternity. Will you be making the journey with me?” ―Billy Graham
  10. “Think about the comfortable feeling you have as you open your front door. That's but a hint of what we'll feel some day on arriving at the place our Father has lovingly and personally prepared for us in heaven. We will finally - and permanently - be 'at home' in a way that defies description.” ―Charles Stanley
We have one permanent home: Heaven.

We have one permanent home: Heaven.

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© 2020 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 08, 2020:

Thanks, Lawrence. This is a great one to think about, depending on whether or not we believe.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on May 07, 2020:

Dora

Not sure who said it, but one saying I often ponder is, "For the Christian, this life is as bad as its going to get, but for the non-believer this is as good as it gets!"

Have a think on that one.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 28, 2020:

Thanks, Marlene. Glad to see you and I appreciating this devotional. Sure, I really think that the though of home going should be a happy one.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on April 28, 2020:

This devotional is so apropos. Today, several of my friends voiced sadness and fear about the number of people afflicted with the COVID-19 virus. I shall point them to this devotional that puts it all in perspective. We should be grateful to be alive, at the same time, look forward to arriving to our heavenly home safe and sound.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 22, 2020:

Thanks, Denise. Glad that you find thoughts of going home comforting. They are for me too. Let's keep focused and happy.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on April 22, 2020:

Thanks for this beautiful reminder that we don't have to be afraid. So many are running hither and yon looking for ways to save themselves and their loved ones when the only sure salvation is to look up to God. We have nothing to fear, only to look forward to our time once again with him. I appreciate your words of comfort.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 14, 2020:

True, Thelma. It is difficult to stay away from loved ones. Hopefully, when this is over, we will make even more time for visiting. Easter was good; hoping yours was too.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 13, 2020:

Staying home is not hard for us as we are a homebody. What is hard is to meet our loved ones especially this Easter as we are all in self-quarantine.

Those quotes are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I hope you had a wonderful Easter.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 13, 2020:

Thanks Devika. I enjoyed Easter and I hope you did too. Glad you benefited from the devotional.

Devika Primic on April 13, 2020:

Best wishes Dora hope you had an enjoyable time for the Eater holidays. This hub shows me the light of this time

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 13, 2020:

My Dear Bill, you're not alone. "Let us not grow weary while doing good." Galatians 6:9 NLT

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 13, 2020:

I have to admit, Dora, I'm homesick. This world has nothing for me, but until I do go home, there is still work to be done. Thank you for carrying on with God gave you to do.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 12, 2020:

Jo, happy for you that despite the situation you and yours can find something to enjoy. Stay blessed! Stay safe!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 12, 2020:

Thanks, Flourish. We'll get there even without thinking about it. Hoping that Easter was happy for you and yours also.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on April 12, 2020:

Staying home is not that unusual for us. We rather enjoy it--except for missing our family.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 12, 2020:

I’m not afraid of death but the getting there is another story. I liked the quotes. Have a Happy Easter, dear Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 11, 2020:

Yvette, welcome to this group. I hope that you will find some encouragement and inspiration here. We always need some spiritual guidance but especially in these days.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 11, 2020:

Thanks, Linda. Extending the same safety and happy wishes to you and yours. I appreciate you.

Yvette on April 10, 2020:

May God"s blessings be upon this group i think this is a good idea to reach out to each other especially at this tine now we are facing the deadly virus Corona.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 10, 2020:

Best wishes to you, Dora. I hope you stay safe and have a happy Easter.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Peggy, happy Easter to you, too. That's a great quote by Charles Stanley. A perfect illustration. Thanks for the feedback.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Phipps, thanks for your encouraging comment, for underscoring the focal point of the article. I'm hoping that personal reflection is an appropriate response.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Donna, thanks for your response. Easter blessings on you and yours also.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Mavis, thanks for the feedback. Blessings on you, also. I appreciate you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Thanks, Tim. Happy Easter to you, too. Encouragement boomerangs because I am always encouraged when I read your comments. Let's keep that up.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2020:

These are beautiful thoughts to share with us on this Good Friday. All of the quotes were good, but I particularly liked number 10 on your list. Wishing you an early Easter greeting.

Phipps on April 10, 2020:

In this article you raised several points but paid special emphasis on being prepared for going home 'happy and glad'. However for me, the key point form your dissertation was that we are not here forever and this holds true whatever our beliefs are. Thank for this article that encourages reflection in these challenging times.

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, In on April 10, 2020:

Amen! Ms. Dora, Amen!

God bless you and yours!

Donna Rayne

Mavis Hendrickson I on April 10, 2020:

This study has caused me to want more so i will do some research

Thanks again Be blessed

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 10, 2020:

In times of bad news, nothing is more soul fulfilling than to continually hear the good news. Such is your article, Ms. Dora. I loved every quote and thought in this work. God bless you and may your Easter be peaceful. Admiration to you always for bringing forth encouragement and loving words from others who base their quotes on His Truth.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Thanks, Pamela. Sure, the first Good Friday made heaven possible. That may be in the minds of many today.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Manatita, thanks for the idea! My Muse is not responding--at least, not yet. Yes, the resurrection deserves its own tribute.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Bill, you're almost always ahead of us. Enjoy your situation, and stay ready for joy here and beyond.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Rosina, that's one of my favorite too. Blessed assurance! It takes the sting out of death.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Happy Easter, Eric. Yes, the gift of Heaven is the end result of God's Easter sacrifice. We are grateful.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2020:

Thanks, Liz. Great to think of heaven during Easter. Bunnies and eggs are fun, but Jesus' sacrifice and the possibility of heaven are most important.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 10, 2020:

I like the words of John R. Rice. There are actually several of the quotes that I thought were excellent.This is sure one of the best day to pray and think about the wordsin the Bible also. Blessings to you Ms Dora to you on this Good Friday.

manatita44 from london on April 10, 2020:

Lovely and appropriate. Are you planning a piece for Sunday? Good that you remind us of our true home, as well as Prayer. Much Love.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 10, 2020:

I have worked from home for ten years now, so there isn't much difference for me these days, and Bev is totally enjoying being home, so it's all good for us.

Hoping you are safe, healthy, and happy, my friend!

Rosina S Khan on April 10, 2020:

It's good that this episode of Sundown Devotional focuses on heaven as our home. There are so many of us who fear death and this episode will help us to take it easy and calm down. I loved all the 10 quotes but No. 5 which I show below is my fave:

The human heart longs for an assurance of a blessed, immortal place where those made righteous, the forgiven, the blessed are at home with God; when sin, disappointment, human failure, heartache, disease and death are forever ended!” ―John R. Rice

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 10, 2020:

What a wonderful blessed way to start my day. Each quote worthy of meditation. Your intro leads us look up and forward yet in the glory of today.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 10, 2020:

Today is the day that we remember Jesus' death on the cross (Good Friday) when he made the ultimate sacrifice that we might live for eternity in heaven. Your Sundown Devotional is a timely reminder of all that we have to look forward to.