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Matthew 7:7-8 – Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (NRSV)

Periodically, I receive lovely postcards from a cousin and his wife who enjoy nature walks in one country or another in Europe. A card in colour opens a view of mountains and valleys, or a bird in its habitat. The card might say, "See why I return here?" or "I wish you were here!" Cards come from the Arctic Circle, showing the tundra with swans or the northern lights, or from Greece with the Mediterrarian Sea, or from Lapland, where nature is at peace, and a lake mirrors the mountain tops and colours fill the sight.

I expect more cards in the future from them when on foot or on skis on the trail, taking in fresh air and the view, and watching wildlife around and a bird soaring in the sky. I expect a picture by e-mail and a story of their ever-new experiences in the winter or in the summer, resting at sunset and waking to sunrise, with typical gear packed for the day ahead to experience a new, awesome vista.

We all long for such scenery and are filled with desire for a single postcard coming our way.

    This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears
    All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
    This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought
    Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
    His hand the wonders wrought.

    This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise,
    The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker's praise.
    This is my Father's world: He shines in all that's fair;
    In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
    He speaks to me everywhere.

      – Maltbie D. Babcock

I imagine God writing us a postcard from His heaven: "I wish you were here! I wish you could see why you should come! Don't you understand why you should come and return to Me?"

The Bible — God's Word — is the postcard — a love letter — an invitation — with an RSVP.

As pilgrims, we march on the terrain of faith. When we receive Jesus as our Saviour, we find our true home with Him at last in the sunset of the evening here and the dawn of a new day there.

The Lord Jesus is our Shepherd with His rod and staff. Jesus paved the way home, inviting all to come and follow in His footsteps, each of us carrying our cross and trusting Him in all places.

Prayer: Father God, Maker of the world, we give You thanks and sing our sturdy praises for the wonders You have made. Receive our RSVP immediately as we say, "Yes, we want to be with You!" In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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