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Topic: Home (01/09/06)
TITLE: There's no place like home!
By Connie Husby
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Have you ever felt like a misfit in this world we live in? Ever since I can remember, I have felt like I don’t quite fit in, not just as an adult, but when I was a child. Let’s face it, every person at some point in time feels off kilter, and wonders why. It’s like walking a distance and wondering if it is time to turn and go back, or if one should just keep walking.
Why was I the last person to be picked for softball or volleyball? Why was I teased for my dark complexion? Why did I feel like I was nobody’s friend and at the same time everyone’s friend? I remember going to a party in High School and standing in the corner of a kitchen just watching the other kids…making out, drinking or smoking pot and it was like I couldn’t speak, I was just there to observe. I remember walking home by myself late at night and I thought…I don’t ever care to go to another party like that again.
I became very ill around age 17 from a drug reaction for crohn’s disease. I developed a 106.7 temperature. I remember being puffy and don’t remember burning up, but remember the coolant blanket they put under me (ice) to bring down the temperature. Thank God, it did the trick and my temperature came down by morning, my rashed skin peeled like a snake afterwards and my writing was like a two year old. My mother remembers her granddaughter pointing at a picture of Christ with thorns in his head and streaks of blood dripping down his face, and said, “Jesus kissed Connie last night.” She was only 3 years old and couldn’t speak very well yet. Out of the mouths of babes..yes, I do believe it was a miracle. God could have taken me home, but my mission was incomplete at that point in time.
I can still go to an event or party, stand and observe and feel like an outsider watching a movie. This is my life and yet, what have I accomplished for my Lord and Savior? As I read scripture daily I try to listen to the Holy Spirit and one day I’ll fulfill my purpose, I will have won the race, I will have completed the task on earth God has chosen me for. One day I won’t have to click my heals together three times, instead I’ll fly away to Paradise, where there is no place like our heavenly HOME.
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