The band plays triumphant notes of celebration, cheerleaders rally the masses through energetic chants, “old timers” come back to rekindle friendships and share laughs while telling stories from their glory days, a boisterous parade procession marches down main street, the entire community is adorned with images of the mascot and associated team colors, even a dance is scheduled to further enhance/celebrate the festive atmosphere — this most certainly is a time of great rejoicing.
It is the traditional time of “Homecoming” for many communities across the United States, and scenes such as the ones described above will unfold all over the country. It is a time of joy, and of celebration, and of energy, and of life.
It is when we rally around our shared community pride, and when we literally get to welcome home and embrace those who we hold dear in our hearts, but who we may have been apart from in body.
“Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit.” (1 Corinthians 5:3) This is a time when we get to experience the cherished “Homecoming Hug”, an embrace shared between loved ones who have not seen each other in a long time.
Homecoming is an emotionally charged celebration. Take a moment to reflect upon the emotions, and celebratory activities, described above -- emotions and celebrations that you may have personally experienced during a Homecoming at some point in your own life.
Do any other Homecomings come to mind as you reflect upon the overall concept of what a Homecoming really represents?
Our school/community based Homecomings are great, but they also leave me with excited anticipation as I feel as if I've experienced a small glimpse, or foretaste, of what our greatest Homecoming will be like. “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears…Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:9 & 12)
What I’m talking about is the ultimate Homecoming — the day when we finally get to go home to our true home, our eternal one, the one that has been prepared for us. I’m talking about our Heavenly Homecoming.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)
A place prepared for us
The love of Christ!
I will humbly (excitedly, gladly, reverently) admit that we do not have adequate words here on earth to describe how incredible our Heavenly Homecoming will be…it truly will surpass any/all description. The heavenly music, the celebration of truly coming home, the reunions with others who have gone to heaven before us, the "mascot" (God) and His royal colors displayed everywhere -- I imagine there may even be parades and dancing. Knowing how much splendor accompanies our earthly homecomings, and that they are, "but a poor reflection as in a mirror", our excited anticipation for our eventual Heavenly Homecoming grows with each passing moment.
Personally, I enjoy a unique illustration that I once heard about an idea of what a Heavenly Homecoming may look like. It is of the sentiment expressed through the words from the theme song for the old television show, "Cheers". "Where everybody knows your name...and they're always glad you came."
Stop and think for a moment about what our Heavenly Homecoming will be like. Close your eyes and try to envision it. Soak it in. What, and (probably more important) who do you look forward to seeing when you get to Heaven? Your loved ones who have been called home to eternal glory before you, and who you haven't seen in far too long, but who you know will be there as they were believers in Christ. Yes, I imagine those reunions will be indescribably beautiful. I imagine they will infinitely surpass the splendor and emotion associated with our earthly celebrations of Homecoming.
And who else will be there to greet us? Angels? Historical leaders of the Christian church? Heroes from the Bible who we have read about so often through our worship and study? I do not know. But I can imagine...
How about when we get to embrace Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior Himself?!!!
Now that will be the ultimate Homecoming Hug!!!
To borrow a phrase from the popular MercyMe song (and now movie)...
I CAN ONLY IMAGINE!!!
I wish you a wonderful experience during this 2018 Homecoming season, as you reconnect with classmates and friends who you haven't seen in a while. I also invite you to join with me in looking forward to the Heavenly Homecoming that, through Christ, we will get to experience whenever our time comes. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) As believers in Christ, we know that we will see all other brothers and sisters in Christ when we get there! And there will be no need to bring an old yearbook, as we will instantly be acquainted. We will no longer be looking at a poor reflection, as in a mirror. We will be seeing/knowing with crystal clarity; Then we will know fully, even as we are fully known.
I look forward to sharing that Heavenly Hug with you!
Coach Shane is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father, and an entrepreneur. He is an International Coach Federation (ICF) trained life coach and graduate of the Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) program through the Christian Coach Institute. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
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