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Read: Nehemiah 1:4-11

I am going… to prepare a place for you. John 14:2


A thousand strands of time, events, and people weave into a tapestry we call place. More than just a house, place is where meaning, belonging, and safety come together under the covering of our best efforts of unconditional love. Place beckons us with memories buried deep in our souls. Even when our place isn’t perfect, its hold on us in dramatic, magnetic.

The Bible speaks frequently of place. We see an example in Nehemiah’s longing for a restored Jerusalem (Neh. 1:3-4, 2:2). It’s no surprise, then, that Jesus would speak of place when He wants to comfort us. “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” He began. Then He added: “I am going… to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1-2).

For those who have fond memories of earthly places, this promise links us to something we can easily understand and look forward to. And for those whose places have been anything but comforting and safe, Jesus promises that one day they will hear the sweet song place sings, for they will inhabit it with Him.

Whatever the struggle, whatever the faltering on your faith joiurney, remember this: There’s a palce in heaven already waiting, fitted just for you. Jesus wouldn’t have sad so if it weren’t true. — Randy Kilgore


Jesus, I can’t wait to live in the home

You have prepared for me. Thank You

that no matter what my earthly place holds,

comfort or pain, my home with

You will be so much better.

May the memory of our earthly place point us with hope to our heavenly place.


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