A morning TV show recently presented a film clip of an American soldier who had just returned from Iraq. His return was a bit earlier than expected, so he showed up unannounced at his daughter's school. A film crew was allowed to capture the scene. When he entered the classroom, his daughter looked up and saw him in stunned unbelief, then she burst into tears of joy, covered her mouth with her hands, and ran into his embrace. Lifting her off her feet, he hugged her tightly as she sobbed and classmates cheered. It was impossible to watch the scene without shedding a tear.
Maybe that's a small picture of how we'll feel when Jesus comes again.
Perhaps you remember a time in childhood when you looked forward to a beloved family member coming for a visit. The days and hours leading up to their arrival seemed interminable. The eagerness and anticipation were hard to contain.
The Lord wants us to long for His appearing like that.
When He shall come resplendent in His glory, to take His own from out the vale of night, O may I know the joy at His appearing, only at morn, to walk with Him in white! Almeda Pearce
Peace and Joy,