I arrived home around 7:00 pm after a week-long trip. As I passed the house on my way to the garage, I honked the horn.  Stepping out of the car, I saw my 4-year-old running toward me, arms opened wide, her smile broad, her eyes twinkling. I could not wait to feel her in my arms! I swept her up, twirled around and buried my face in her little neck. Oh, how I had waited for this moment all week!

My little one was so excited to see me. She had so much to share with me. Her little voice thrilled me as she talked and talked. My whole attention was focused on her. She wanted to show me this and show me that - displays of her love and happiness.

We held each other for a while, talking and laughing. Finally, I mentioned I had a surprise for her. Renewed excitement! She jumped from my lap and asked to see it.

I pulled out three small packages. First: A package of peanuts from the airlines. I told her I was giving her the peanuts so she could share them with someone else. Daddy loves peanuts, so she quickly and cheerfully handed them to him.

I then handed her the other two packages; fruit and cracker snacks for her enjoyment. She gleefully accepted them.

Once devoured, she begged to play freeze tag. We ran until after dark. Then we made fruit smoothies and talked about her upcoming birthday party. So much to plan! And yet, I want her to be happy. I want her to know she's loved.  I want her to feel blessed.

Evening brought with it preparations for bedtime. One requisite - family worship. We all cuddled together on the bed and read a Bible story.

As Daddy read, my mind thought about God the Father and Jesus' soon return. It occurred to me that tonight was a microcosm of what it would be like to finally see Jesus face-to-face; what surprises He'll have for us; how filled with joyful love we will be to just be in His presence.

Yes, tonight's homecoming was just a sampling of what's to come. I can only imagine the reality - but I have a good imagination!

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