I’ll be home for Christmas. What do you think of when you think of this song? Do you think of death? I never had before, until today. I went to a funeral for a wonderful Christian lady that I really didn’t know. Her son and wife are minister friends of ours, and we wanted to go to be a support to them. As we entered the church, which was very tastefully decorated for the holidays, I noticed that I’ll Be Home For Christmas was playing. “Wow, that’s kind of neat,” I thought to myself. After all, if Christmas is all about Christ, and if as the Scripture says for the Christian, to be “absent in body is to be present with the Lord, then yes, it can be said that Sister Hazel Hall will be with the Lord for Christmas.
Although I did not know Hazel Hall, I felt like I learned a lot about her today. I heard different ones testify of a woman who was devoted to her family, faithful to her husband and to the ministries God called them to do, a wonderful singer and worshipper, a lover of young people and a builder of churches through making and selling mountains of peanut brittle, just to mention a few things. I listened to her youngest son, Pastor Rodney Hall preach a message entitled, If You Want to Go Where Mama Is, You Need to Walk Where She Has Walked. I think it was the best funeral message I have ever heard.
I left feeling challenged, encouraged and inspired. I want to live a life that is well spent for the Lord. I know that when it is all said and done, only what is done for Christ will last. One day, in God’s time, I want to be home for Christmas……….home forever.