The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

The Sacrifice of Time, the Labor of Love Until…Homecoming

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Have you ever compared how we maintain important relationships when distance separates us to how we maintain our relationship with the Savior?

Here are two of our common earthly relationships:


When my dad deployed to Vietnam, a wonderful invention called the tape player allowed us to communicate beyond the written word. Small reels of tape arrived in the mail along with letters, and the family gathered in the living room to listen. We delayed homework, skipped favorite television shows, and told our friends we couldn’t come out to play after dinner. Nothing superceded the opportunity to hear Dad’s voice.

We spent time composing letters and recording our own voices to send back to Dad.  A labor of love.


Engaged Couples.

During college summers, my soon-to-be husband and I lived several states apart.  We counted the days until the next expensive, long-distance phone call. I met the mailman every afternoon. With a smile for young love, he would hand me the letter, and I would give him my latest offering.

We saved our pennies. We spent a lot of time with pen and paper. Sacrifices of love.

Technology has advanced. Today, soldiers can phone home from overseas or video chat on the internet. They can actually see their loved ones throughout months of separation. Friendships and romances flourish via cell phones and computers large and small. When we love someone, we still take the time and do whatever it takes to connect.

But nothing compares to homecoming.

Running into my father’s arms when he returned home from war. Tearful reunions at airports.  Seeing and touching the one you love in person is treasure.

Spc. Crumbaugh, 125 infantry, Michigan Army National Guard, is welcomed home by his daughter after a year long tour in Afghanistan

It’s so easy to remain earthbound as busy-ness takes over every waking hour if we aren’t vigilant to keep our Savior and Bridegroom the Number One love of our lives. And believe me, I’m preaching to myself first! Do we make sure to set aside time to connect with the Lord? Do we labor in love to learn more of His Word, to immerse ourselves in a project that we are sure will please Him?

Do we look forward to homecoming?

Psalm 116 speaks of the precious day of a Christian’s death. Finally, finally, we see our Father in person. We can hug Jesus. The letters from his Word, the invisible nudges of the Holy Spirit, His whispers in our minds – all become touchable. We see Him face to face. Never again will we have to endure separation from our Beloved.


About Linda Sammaritan

For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher and crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” Newly retired, Linda keeps the freezer packed with homemade take-out meals for her full- time working husband when she travels to visit children, grandchildren, siblings, and Mom. Read more about her faith and writings at


  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    Loved this post Linda – I’ve always wondered why people don’t dig into God’s Word during this time when we are on earth. It’s God’s love letter to us. No one would ever receive letters from their loved one who is far away and leave those letters unopened. They would never say, “I love him, I wonder what he has to say in his letters?” No, they would open them and hungrily read them! That’s what we should do with God’s Word.

  2. I love how you took the idea one step further and put voices and specific actions to the analogy. Really drives home the point! Thank you.

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