Monday, April 6, 2009

Homecoming Blessings

As I prepared to write this blog, I decided that the title of my April book, HOMECOMING BLESSINGS, is a good subject for a blog.

The heroine of HOMECOMING BLESSINGS, Ashley Hiatt, has to leave her mission work because of unrest in the country where she is serving. She doesn't know what God plans for her now or how she will fit into her father's world. She faces a homecoming that is filled with uncertainty, but she eventually learns that God has filled her homecoming with the blessings of service and love.

When I think of "homecoming," I think of going home to be with family. When I was younger that meant going to my parents' home, but now that I'm an adult, "homecoming" means having my kids return home. Homecomings have special blessings these days for me because I have a new granddaughter, Katelyn. Here she is, sporting her new sunglasses, ready for her Easter trip to sunny Florida.

We can have joyous homecomings here on earth, but I'm looking forward to the best homecoming of allthe homecoming for God's children that we read about in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

16"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."

Tell us about your special homecomings.



Sandra Robbins said...

A special homecoming that stands out in my mind is when my daughter and son-in-law were able to bring home their newly adopted daughter. They had both watched their siblings become parents and thought their turn would never come. God hadn't forgotten them, and He gave our family the most wonderful homecoming imaginable.

Sandra Robbins

Merrillee said...

Thanks for sharing that special homecoming. What a fabulous gift to give a child a home. Your family is truly blessed.

Missy Tippens said...

Merrillee, your granddaughter is beautiful!! I love the sweet picture. :)

One of my favorite homecomings was actually when we went to our son for parents weekend this past fall. He's a freshman in college, and we hadn't seen him in 2 months! I broke down and cried as soon as I laid eyes on him! :) Poor guy. He just laughed at me. But I think it embarrassed him!


Merrillee said...

Being reunited with our kids is always special. I think about those parents whose kids go off to war. What a special reunion that must be when they come home.