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December 7, 2006

A Tough Re-entry

Mary Southerland


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Have you noticed how hard "re-entry" is? 


One of my favorite movies is “Appollo 13” in which we first heard those famous words, “Houston, we have a problem”, an understatement, to say the least.  The astronauts faced seemingly impossible odds of getting back to earth but refused to give up the fight until they splashed down in the waters of home.


Life is much the same. We are often thrust into a daily life of foreign and often frightening worlds, shaky circumstances, and impossible trials with no obvious way of escape. It seems like we will never get home and our world will never be right again. 


I have discovered a truth that surfaces in my heart every Christmas holiday.  We all come into this world with a sense of being lost. Tucked into the corner of our souls is a feeling of restlessness...a longing for home, for something eternal.  That longing will never be satisfied outside of a relationship with Him!  God holds each today and every tomorrow in His hands.  Nobody and nothing can fill the “God-shaped” hole in our heart. 


I have come to cherish that desperate heart cry that drives me to my knees and into the lap of my Father!  Each and every time I come to Him, He whispers, "It will be all right.  You aren't home - yet."  And boy am I glad! 


I do not want this broken and torn world to be my final home, but merely a place I am passing through.  While I am here, I have a God-sized job to do, an extraordinary mission to complete and a wonderful purpose to fulfill.  Is that awesome or what?  Absolutely!  But it is only the beginning of the eternity for which I was created.  It doesn't get any better than that, my friends. 


So as you dive into your hectic schedule, remember that one day, we will be home - with Him.  But until then, let's celebrate here! Guard your hearts and mind by filling them with God’s Word.  Hold fast to the true meaning of the season and don’t let go!  Look for ways to share the message of the manger, embracing that longing for home as a sweet reminder that one day we will celebrate His birth in Heaven.  What a Christmas that will be!


Let's Pray

Oh God, I love you and am so thankful for the hope that eternity holds because I know You.  I am not alone, nor will I ever be. I will lack nothing because You are my Provider.  I can sing in the midst of the storm because You are sufficient. I praise You and long for Home.  But while I’m here, help me to be all that You created me to be.  Amen!


Now it's Your Turn

Have you ever experienced loneliness or a sense of loss after the Christmas season?  I encourage you to prepare for it beforehand by:


  • Making time each day to be alone with God.
  • Pour out your desperation to Him
  • Read Psalm 23 every day for one month


For more on this topic, see Escaping the Stress Trap, Mary’s latest book.


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