Today I was taken back many years ago, to when I was just a little girl as Linda, Danelle and myself sang around the piano. Linda began to play as I was preparing potatoes to be put in the oven to bake. Danelle came in and she immediately migrated to the piano with Aunt Linda. She loves the old songs. I soon made my way in there too and we sang and sang and sang. Songs like, “A Crown of Thorns”, “Inside Those Pearly Gates”, “Longing for Heaven”, “When I Inherit My Mansion”, “The Next Step”, “Meet Me in Front of the Throne”, and my favorite of the day was “Lord, When Are you Coming”. Linda and I actually got teary eyed as we remembered Mother and Daddy singing this song. Oh! How they would sing…”Lord, when are you coming? Lord, I’ve waited so long. Come and get me Jesus. Lord, I want to go home”. I remember crying as a girl as they sang because it made me want to go to heaven so much. Linda and I began to talk when we finished singing, about how our parents sang so many songs about Heaven. It really seemed to make the things of this world grow dim. I wonder sometimes if we would sing more songs and talk more about going to Heaven, if the troubles we seem to be facing in our day and age would not also dim in comparison to the promise of Heaven. I think it would, because it did today. I would have been very happy had the trumpet sounded as we sang around the piano today. There was not a care in the world at that point. Because, my mind was imagining being there, in the presence of God, reunited with my family and friends, walking on streets of gold, seeing walls of jasper and gates of pearl, wading in the river of life and standing in front of throne, meeting with so many people that I’ve promised to meet there. Ah! “Heaven! Happy home above. Heaven! Land of peace and love. Oh! It makes me feel like traveling on. Heaven! Eternal. Heaven! Supernal….”
Come on! Lay down your burdens for just a few minutes and think about, sing about and talk about Heaven! It will make things here not quite so consuming. Lay aside the worry for awhile and think with me, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus”. Take a moment and forget about everything else, except the most important thing, and that is making Heaven our home. Lay it all aside for a little while and sing with me, “Come and get me Jesus! Lord, I want to go Home”.
Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!