When We Are at Home

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What a glorious day it will be when Jesus returns to take us home.

Men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds,
 from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. 
We must take heed and be watchful,
for we do not know when that time will come (Mark 13:26-27, 33).
 
We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. 
For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable,
and we shall be changed. 
For this perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable,
and this mortal with immortality (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).

Gloriously wasteful, O my Lord, art thou!

Sunset faints after sunset into the night,

Splendorously dying from thy window sill—

For ever.  Sad our poverty doth bow

Before the riches of thy making might:

Sweep from thy space thy systems at thy will—

In thee the sun sets every sunset still.

And in the perfect time, O perfect God,

When we are in our home, our natal home,

When joy shall carry every sacred load,

And from its life and peace no heart shall roam,

What if thou make us able to make like thee—

To light with moons, to clothe with greenery,

To hang gold sunsets o’er a rose and purple sea!

Then to his neighbor one may call out, “Come,

Brother, come hither—I would show you a thing”;

And lo, a vision of his imagining,

Informed of thought which else had rested dumb,

Before the neighbor’s truth-delighted eyes,

In the great ether of existence rise,

And two hearts each to each the closer cling!—George MacDonald, Diary of an Old Soul.

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