Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them."
When Danny and I marry, my daughter, Sarah, is winding up her senior year of high school. We can't move out of our condominium into Danny's house until she successfully completes it. I, too, have to finish out my teaching contract.
The eight-week wait feels like an eternity to me. But, I fill the hours when I'm not working with cleaning and packing. Lots and lots of packing!
And, lots of purging.
Because, we are combining two households, and there simply isn't room for duplicates of any sort.
What Danny and I really want to be sure of, though, is that we make a special and welcome room for Sarah.
This is a huge adjustment for her. Mom getting married. Moving to a new house. Living with two younger step-brothers. Getting ready for college.
She needs her own space. A private place.
To feel at home.
Danny begins remodeling a downstairs room. He moves his music studio from here into a corner in the spacious, adjacent laundry room. Tears up the ancient and ugly blue carpeting in preparation for the new.
Knowing how much Sarah loves Starbucks, he paints the walls in tricolor earth tones which reflect the warm ambiance of that venue. He places several items of coffee memorabilia on the walls, and adds his grandfather's antique coffee grinder to a shelf for decoration.
Next, a plush carpet whose color compliments the walls is laid down. Add a single bed, a small, round, tiled tables, two chairs, Sarah's dresser, and heavy, brown drapes for privacy and - voila! A room designed for a princess!
But, the question remains. Will Sarah like what he has done? Will she feel comfortable enough to call this place "home"?
The big day arrives. Sarah is to see her room for the first time. We are holding our breaths.
Danny draws back the curtains. Sarah gasps! Looks all around in amazement. With sheer delight!
"Oh, thank you, Danny, it's beautiful! I love it!" She exclaims and gives him a generous hug.
"You're welcome, Sarah," he says with a relieved smile. "Welcome home!"
Are you creating a welcoming room in your heart that Jesus can call home?
Will you join me in prayer?
We thank you today, Father, for the love of family and for calling us to be Your children. May there always be a beautiful room in our hearts that You can call "home". Let us ever welcome You with open arms. Amen.
Psalms 5, 6 or 10, 11
1 Peter 1:13-25