Is there a Christmas carol more sappy than “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays”? Written in 1954, this song is best known in Perry Como’s smooth crooning voice. “For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home.” And so many of us feel enormous pressure to get the decor just right so that family members feel that way. But in fact, the reality is more like this image with furniture squeezed together and mismatched chairs.
Today’s verse expresses Paul’s preference to be “home with the Lord” rather than at home in his body. Paul believes that being “home” with the Lord is far better than any home here on earth. I love the idea of HOME. It brings to mind love, warmth, and shelter. This holiday season I am working hard to make our home warm and welcoming for the family. However, it will never be perfect. More than the problem of mismatched chairs, there is always potential for unmet expectations, disagreements or misunderstandings. Even the most perfect family and home is flawed. But our eternal home with our Creator will have all the positives and none of the negatives of home.
There are friends and relatives of mine already with the Lord. I miss them. But they are home. What is more, they are home for the holidays, in their true home. The holidays they are enjoying far outshine what we can do to celebrate here on earth. No budget, no tiredness, no dashed expectations, no overindulgence!
It is true, there is no place like home for the holidays. How much more this is true of our eternal home!