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“Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.” ~ II Corinthians 5:8

After a week of upheaval, my life has finally settled down a bit.  With all the chaos that comes from actually putting on a play, it’s nice to have a break.  And all the craziness was hard on my little boy, too.  It meant I was gone a lot and he isn’t a fan of that.

So I shouldn’t be surprised that tonight, after getting home from his grandparents’ house, he spent a lot of time walking around our house and saying, “Stay.”

It was the sweetest thing I think I’ve heard him say so far, but it took me back to the hospital when my husband was in the ICU, and I remembered saying, “Stay,” to him, too.

Except my saying stay was less about staying at home (which is what my son wants), and more about pleading with him to stay on earth with me.  And while it breaks my heart that he never got to meet his little boy, I’m not entirely sure I could have handled hearing my son say, “Stay” to his dad, either.

Yet we aren’t supposed to want to stay here above all else.  If our faith is in Christ, our true home is heaven and that is where we should long to be.  It can be difficult trying to grasp that the here and now isn’t all there is to live for; that actually we have a big eternity ahead of us.

We aren’t meant to stay here at all.  We’re meant to be home with Christ.  In all the hustle and bustle of everyday living, don’t ever forget that.