Home Going or Home Coming?

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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.  John 14:2

“Give me Jesus.  Give me Jesus.  You can have all this world, but give me Jesus.”  I woke up with Fernando Ortega’s song blaring in my head.  I do love this song so much!  Another stanza says, “When I come to die; oh when I come to die,  When I come to die, give me Jesus.”

On Christmas Day 2016; I visited my step mother, as she lay quietly in her hospice bed.  The only sound in the room was her labored breathes.  I know the hearing is the last sense to go; so I talked to her for a bit.  I told her I loved her and thanked her for taking good care of my daddy.

This woman worked hard all the days of her life.  She kept the faith and pushed forward until the day she could push no more. The day of her “Home going” is drawing nigh.  Actually when I think of it; it’s also a “Homecoming.”

Home going is from the perspective of the dying one; as well as her loved ones..  She is going Home, to her eternal heaven. Homecoming is from the perspective of those who anticipate Ruby’s arrival in heaven.  Her family members and friends will see Ruby again.

Years ago; Ruby would read the Christmas story from Luke 2 before our family opened their presents.  I thought it appropriate for me to read this beloved story to her.  I read a couple of the Psalms to her as well.  There was no movement but I knew she heard me.

When it came time to go; I kissed her goodbye and told her if I didn’t see her again in this world; I would see her in heaven. She will be going home.  Only God knows the day and the hour when Ruby will hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master.”

Prayer for Ruby

Oh Lord my God, Ruby is about to experience her soul’s flight.  I know You will guide her safely Home.  Thank You for all you taught me, as I watched her life lived out to its fullest. In Jesus Name I offer up this prayer.  Amen.


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Libby Williams

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