Sunday, June 05, 2016

"Taste of Heaven" - 06/05/16 - Proverbs 13-15

"Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox."(14:4)

The last few days of the countdown are here!  Nichalas and Amber will be heading out tomorrow from Phoenix journeying towards home.  After a visit in Dallas with her sister and husband, Meghan and Phil, they plan to arrive here sometime this coming Friday!!!!  Yes.  I am just a little bit excited.

I'm not calling them oxen.  But I am thinking how much the days ahead will be relating to this verse.
Whenever their visits come to an end and they head back, scattered throughout our home are reminders of how full this place is whenever they are here.  Just like my heart. 

The voices.  The laughter.  The times of our family being all together.  Will always ring through my ears.  The images of each one pressed into my heart, as keepsakes between the pages of a book.  

I try to ready our home before their coming with most everything in its place, except where we are remodeling the downstairs bath (still).  The floors will be clean.  things will be dusted.  laundry caught up.  beds will be made with freshly washed and hung on the clothes line sheets. 

My manger will be clean.  It will be organized and ready. 

And so, so empty. 

Of life.

So much strength do I gather from those who come into this home.  Their wisdom.  their unconditional love.  their delight in living life.  their sharing.  their caring.  their welcoming us into their hearts and lives.

One dear brother, Steve, would say often throughout their days of a visit, "this is a glimpse of what Heaven will be like when we are all together under one roof".  For eternity.  How much I agree with him.

"Much revenue" I have gained when our home is filled - money does not count as my wealth. 

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