After being “home” for Christmas last year with all our children, their wives, and our grandchildren, we surely miss them this year. So every time I hear “I’ll be Home for Christmas” on the radio, I wish we were with them again this year.
But what is comforting in these words—at least the first line—is that as members of God’s covenant family, we know that we can be anywhere on earth and still be home, because we are “members of the [universal] household of God” (Eph 2:19) Though pilgrims in this world, without a permanent home, we are “elect exiles of the Dispersion” wherever we are (1Pt 1:1). Our children and grandchildren too are members of this universal “home for Christmas.”
So even while oceans away from our children, we know that we are always “home for Christmas,” where we are guaranteed to find “presents on the tree.” The first Adam, if he had obeyed God’s law, would have received the greatest “present” in the Garden of Eden—the Tree of Life—whose leaves and fruits are for eternal healing and nourishment (Rv 22:2). So also I am assured of the greatest present of all: from the Christmas Tree on which Jesus was crucified in order that God will forgive me of all sins and inherit the eternal “Tree of Life which is in the paradise of God” (Rv 2:7).
And every Christmas Eve, we find ourselves in Christ “where the love light gleams,” because he himself is the “Light of the World.” And we always look forward to the new heaven and new earth, where the “love light” will be the light and glory of Jesus for eternity (Rv 21:23).
This, then, is our Comfort and Joy this Christmas, that we are “home for Christmas” in the place where the Lord has willed us to be this year.
From our home to yours, a very Joyous Christmas and Blessed New Year!