I wasn't at the hospital the night my dad died, but my sister was, and she said that at one point, quite close to the time, Dad said, in a petulant, child-like tone, "I want to go home." She has always thought he meant his Heavenly home, and I feel sure it's what he meant, too. We were on the way down to the hospital when she called me and told me it was all over. I have not cried one tear or felt sad one day since he died in March 2006, because I know where he is, I know he's with Jesus, I know he's not sick anymore, and I know I will see him again very soon.
Several months later, DH and I bought the land from my mom and aunt whereon sits the old chicken house my dad used for a shop. The land and the chicken house belonged to my grandfather (my mom's dad), and it's in the same small town where I grew up. There is such an incredible feeling of peace and security here on this little ol' hill, that I can't describe it to you, though I wish I could! Better yet, I wish you could visit! Our church is within a hundred yards of our house (in walking distance), and so is the house where I grew up. Even though there's a highway at the bottom of the hill that is often crowded with traffic in the summer and fall, and the river across the highway is crowded with "tubers" in the summertime, the noise is almost nonexistent at the top of the hill. We have a great view of the sunrise over the hills to the east, and we can still see the stars and moon at night. It is so peaceful here that many times there is no noise other than that of the birds by day and the crickets and frogs by night.
This place is the only earthly place that is second in my heart only to Heaven. I like to think that my Heavenly home will be like this, only better. I honestly think that this place is blessed by God. I'm not suggesting anything weird by that, either, but it's one of those "you just know" kind of feelings. There's just something special about this whole little town. I can just imagine "blasting off" from the top of this hill one of these days really soon!!
"Oir is leatsa an rioghachd, agus an cumhachd, agus a gloir, gu siorraidh, Amen." ("For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen" -- Scots Gaelic)