Camp meeting this year was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot during the presentations, enjoyed fellowshipping with brothers and sisters, and stayed dry in my tent despite the thunder storms. But I must admit, coming home has never felt so good. My couch has never seemed so inviting. My worn out single mattress has never felt so comfortable. You know, home has a way of feeling sweeter after you've been away from it. John Denver got it right in his song "Back Home Again." "It's the little things that make a house a home/Like a fire softly burning and supper on the stove/the light in your eyes that makes me warm/Hey, it's good to be back home again."

As they were in the upper room after the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:2,3). For 6,000 years, we have been away from home. The longer we are away, the sweeter heaven seems to get. But Jesus promises to come and get us soon. Can you imagine that homecoming? Just think of the little things that Jesus has put in each of your mansions to make it feel like home. Relish in the thought of that great banquet table spread with the wedding supper of the Lamb. Bask in the glory of the light from His eyes that makes you warm (Revelation 22:5). Isn't it good to be back home again?

Longing for that day,

Pastor Sutherland

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