I originally wrote this poem when my grandfather died. But, I really find it encouraging - so, I'm publishing it as I also think about my father's homecoming!
Now the night is over,
Day has just begun,
Ushered into Heaven,
I am with the Blessed One.
Many have come before me,
Others have paved the way,
The angels sing His glory,
It’s my homecoming day!
To a mansion promised,
Where tears are forever gone,
Where light and love united,
Live eternally on and on.
All the past forgotten,
As a fog that’s swallowed up,
Pain destroyed, death defied –
I now drink from the Master’s cup.
I am here because of Him,
His selfless gift of grace,
And now for eternity,
I will gaze upon His face.
Glory be His shining robes,
Honor be His crown –
My spirit sings, my soul redeemed,
In His presence I bow down.
Now the world has passed from view,
The victory’s been won –
He says, “Well done my faithful servant,
Welcome home, my precious one.”
c. Sharon Kirby
March 1, 2002
I don't think words would ever be adequate to express my feelings at your passing. It's one of those truly bittersweet moments in life. I will miss you a great deal, but I celebrate that you are with Jesus and I will see you again!
As we prepare for your graveside service, these would be sad days indeed if not for the sure promise of our Lord Jesus Christ. It's a wonder to me that He came to earth to rescue us – poor, lost sinners that we are. He gives us a love and a grace and a mercy that sometimes makes no sense to me. We certainly don't deserve it. But oh, how grateful I am for a Savior who saw that we needed saving!
Dad, I hope you know that I think of you often. Please know that you are never far from my heart, that you will live there every day until I see you again. You were a great father, and I love you very much.
I'm going to picture you in the arms of Jesus. Or maybe just walking along together, talking about this and that. I can see you standing up straight, with that wonderful mind of yours restored to perfect functioning. I see your smile. And it's a sweet, sweet picture indeed.
My deepest love,
Your daughter forever,
"But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!" (Job 19:25-27)
"Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord." (2 Corinthians 5:8)
"'It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega – the Beginning and the End…All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.'" (Revelation 21:6-7)
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." (Revelation 21:4)
I'm giving that a BIG AMEN!!
*What do you look forward to the most on your Homecoming Day?
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