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Topic: Home for Christmas (11/20/08)
TITLE: Home Is Where The Heart Is
By Brian Haugrud
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They bring the grandkids and their spouses, and their presents start to comb.
They wish all well and put on faces, which hide their fears and pain.
They share a meal and life experiences, then its back to home again.
Our family was a very large one, with many siblings there to count.
Then as we grew and married spouses, grandchildren were to mount.
The early years were great and wondrous, and everybody got along.
We would read the Story on Christmas Eve, and would sing the Christmas song.
As time would pass with tribulation, our family split apart.
With some divorce, lacking foundation, it would tear us at the heart.
The family scattered with much division, and relationships would pay.
But because of God and His provision, we would see Gods eternal ray.
For many years the family gatherings were few and far between.
We had our own and with my spouses, the best of some I’ve seen.
We gathered at our different places, not just at “grandma’s” house.
There was a smile on all our faces, at the family of my spouse.
There’s so much water that’s flowed under, that bridge that we call life.
It has a way of mending fences, and relieving us of strife.
My mom has now gone home to Jesus, and no longer joins the clan.
But sometimes now we’ll get together, and with acceptance we will stand.
We know that it is so important to be united with our kin.
For a chord of three or more strands, is the only way to win.
I know that God is not yet finished, with my family where they are.
But the leadership must start with me, to keep my family up to par.
Our children now are on their own, and we only see occasionally.
But the bond we have is made of stone, and we speak most readily.
We try to gather at the holidays, to share life and food and gifts.
And when we part, we say “I love you”, and our spirits then will lift.
The home that I’m looking forward too, and I long to do my part.
Will be a mansion in Heavens gate, for it’s there I place my heart.
For here on earth I enjoy the family, and all the family bliss.
But if truth be told, I think of Heaven, because “Home Is Where The Heart Is.”
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