Maranatha

Austin 1992

When my kids were little and I thought my days were rough.  I couldn’t wait until Rick got home.  I’d station one little boy at the window, another at the door and they would wait expectantly.   Some couples make a big deal of greeting each other warmly, I think I just told the kids, “Daddy’s home!!!” and had them run outside to greet him.  I’m sure the cheers were heart-warming to him, but the peace and quiet were my goals.

I was selfish and I pretty much remain selfish now. I was waiting for my husband, my

Charleston 1990

partner, the love of my life, to come home because I needed a break from the demands of being a mom of small children.  I wasn’t anticipating his return because of how much I loved him and wanted to see him, though I did love him and want to see him.  Instead, I wanted him home because I was thinking about me.

In the same way, I have been thinking recently and regularly of how the changes in culture, post-modernism, and political turmoil have all made me long for the return of Christ.  I see diminished options for our national future and I have less hope for the future of our children and grandchildren and even the church.  So– Come, Lord Jesus, Maranatha!

I’m doing the same thing, am I not? A friend wisely reminded me that there is no wrong

Whenever he is ready, let my heart be his.

reason to long for the return of Christ, but I don’t think my heart is completely right on this.  I want to wait expectantly for the second coming of Christ, not as just relief from the burdens of this world, but because of how much I love him and long to see his face. I want to be so in love with my Savior that I can’t wait to be with him because where he is–is my true home.

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About rickandjan

We are missionaries serving as the SE Region Director of Operations with Cru Military. Rick handles the operations and Jan tries to keep up with the communications.
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3 Responses to Maranatha

  1. Erick says:

    Reminds me of Mike’s motto – to seek to do the right things, for the right reasons, with the right attitude.

  2. rickandjan says:

    I like that! I just need to work on me!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Just read this, love it.

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