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Day 16—Saturday, March 2

2 Corinthians 5:6-10

So then, we are always full of good and hopeful and confident courage; we know that while we are at home in the body, we are abroad from the home with the Lord [that is promised us]. For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance. [Yes] we have confident and hopeful courage and are pleased rather to be away from home out of the body and be at home with the Lord. Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth away from Him] or away from home [and with Him], we are constantly ambitious and strive earnestly to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing].

What do you think of when you say the word ‘home’? Do you see a house that you go to daily? Do you see the house of your childhood? Who is there to greet you? Is it your Mom, Dad, grandparents, aunt, uncle, or cousins?

Home is not just a place, it’s also a feeling. For me, the feeling is comfort, safety, love, and security. I realize, however, that not everyone has the same reaction to home. For some, home was not a happy place. It may bring for them feelings of fear, danger, anger, hate, or insecurity.

2 Corinthians 5:6-10 reminds us that we are not yet home. We are bound temporarily to our body and its place here, but that is not the home we look forward to. We are promised a home with the Lord. Oh, what a glorious knowledge. Not only that, but the loved ones that have already left this earthly life are there waiting for us! I am excited for the time, where I will be out of the body and be at home with the Lord.

Lord, it is with excitement that we await the time when our days in our earthly bodies have ended and we can be at home with you. Thank you for loving us so much that you came down to earth in Jesus’ body to show us the way to that perfect home. Amen.

-Pat Wade



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