I always got so excited to hear this song on the radio when I was little because it mentioned Pennsylvania. And really, what little kid doesn't love being able to relate to things they hear. It always made me feel a little famous because my home state was mentioned in this popular Christmas song.
Since that time, "Home" has become a much more ambiguous term. I grew up in York and there's a huge part of me that's rooted here. But, I now have roots in Fredericksburg too. I have family in both places. Because I have these two homes, I always seem to feel like I am missing something - especially since it seems impossible for these two worlds to collide. Every now and then I can enjoy seeing people from one home interact with people from another. My family comes down for a weekend and we do dinner together. A friend from home comes to visit at school, a friend from school comes home with me. It's at these times that I really sit down and think just how amazing it would be if all of my friends were to get together. This person would really get along well with this person - if only they had the opportunity to know each other. The funny thing is - I too often forget that there will be a time when these worlds will collide. In fact - they're already connected through Christ - but there will be a day when we will all share the same Home. And that Home will be so much better than York, or Fredericksburg, or anywhere else I may someday consider home. Until that time comes, I must realize that my true Home is so much more than a place. I should be able to run to the arms of my Savior and know that that is the one place I belong - my true Home. So as I sit here in the comfort of my own home surrounded by my family, loving every minute of it, I want to be reminded of my true Comforter. When I return to school and I'm taking in the laughter and pure joy in Willard or around the BCM, I want to be reminded of my one true source of Joy.
Hebrews 11:9-10 "By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God."
Hebrews 11:13-16 "All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country - a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them."
There really is no place like Home for the holidays this year. I want to spend Christmas in the arms of my Prince.