My friend in the hospital bed didn't have long to live. Her breathing came in ragged gasps. "I think I saw heaven last night," she whispered. "I saw the lights of the city—and it looked like home."
Home for a follower of Jesus Christ is a place we've never been. It's a place of beauty and rest and wholeness. It's the place where Jesus is.
Group Discussion. What is your favorite room in your home or your parent's home? What do you like about it?
Personal Reflection. In what specific place do you feel most secure? Where do you feel closest to God?
In the hours before his death Jesus tried to prepare his closest friends for the coming crisis. Two facts were clear: he would be leaving them and they couldn't come with him. But while they were separated, Jesus would be busy—busy preparing a place for their reunion. Read John 14:1-9.
Give your troubles to God and then wait for his comfort to calm your heart.
Now or Later
Think of someone who is going through a crisis or difficult time. How do Jesus' words in John 14 equip you to bring comfort or encouragement to that person? Write a letter or talk to the person about what you have learned from this passage. Commit yourself to pray for that person's need.