July 31st, 2015. The date has been marked on my calendar for quite a while. You see, today is the day that my younger daughter returns from Asia. She’s been gone the entire month of July, spending 2 weeks in Taiwan on a mission trip, and another 2 weeks in Hong Kong with a friend’s family.
I guess I’ve been fortunate to this point, as 1 month is the longest I’ve ever been away from either of my kids. She’s had a great experience and I’ve been genuinely joyful about the opportunity that she’s had.
While she was gone, we made frequent use of texts, iMessages, and FaceTime. So, we were never totally out of touch for too long. Yet, despite the ability for father and child to remain connected by reading one another’s writings, there is no escaping that all these attempts do not compare to being in one another’s presence. My child has been a foreigner traveling through a distant land, and it’s time for her to come home.
As I considered Amy’s return, I realized that it’s just a microcosm of a much larger story. There is a Father in heaven who knows the exact date that each of His children is coming home for good. While He’s done His best to demonstrate His love to us through His Son and through His Word, He still can’t wait for each of us to walk through His door – to stay.
Father, we thank you for preparing a home for us, and providing the Way to get there. We can’t wait to see You face to face! –Dave
“So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household.” (Eph 2:19)
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