Today I was thinking about my grandfather on my Dad’s side. He was a preacher and boy did he love to preach! Every Christmas, before we would open presents, he would preach about end times and the events that would happen leading up to that. I knew it was all true, but as a little kid, it always sounded like something out of a sci-fi movie! It was hard back then to imagine the world the way it is now and realize how much closer the return of Jesus really is! I am not a preacher by any means, but it is so important to make sure you know where you’d spend eternity and that you have a relationship with Jesus.
When I was missing my Papa today, I thought back to when he passed away and how we cleaned out his house. Papa (and Nanny, my grandmother) used to be part of a southern gospel singing group. They had loads of old cassette tapes stored around their house with songs they’d sung. We ran across these tapes as we were cleaning up. Me being the sentimental type, I started filling up bag after bag of these tapes to keep. I couldn’t let them go…his voice was on them along with his songs. Now if I’m being honest, most southern gospel music isn’t really my thing, but still, like I said I didn’t want to part with his tapes.
Anyway, a few days later, as I was sitting there listening to Papa’s music, I came across a tape with “The Old Apple Tree” written on it. I thought the title sounded interesting, so I put the tape in the tape player and turned it on. I fell in love with the song…even if it is southern gospel! I love the song because it describes how the Lord loves us. No matter what we’ve done, he’s always there waiting for us to come home. We love Him because he first loved us. It’s never to late to come home. In times like these, it’s so good to remember our true home is in Heaven. Here’s a link to the song. It’s so good! (If you are a person who cries easily, grab a tissue.)
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
We love him because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19