Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 

JOHN 14:1-3

Our hearts can be settled. Home often does that. It provides us with a peace and comfort that no other place can. It is the place where meals are shared, memories created and families grow. It becomes so familiar that it feels safe and known. Jesus wants his disciples to know that although he is going to be leaving them, there is no reason for their hearts to be troubled. Where he is going is the place they all truly desire to be, and they can’t get there unless he goes. 

The holidays tend to remind us of these aspects of home. For some, they also remind us of what’s gone wrong or who should have been here. The truth is that there is a better home, a better place, that is being prepared for us, and Jesus says this should give us peace.

Yet the peace that comes with knowing that Jesus is preparing the place means nothing if it isn’t followed by the promise that he will come back to take us there. This is what the Advent season is about. We are reminded that Jesus came to the worst parts of our world, our home so that we could inherit the best parts of his. May his life be an example to ours in this season as we step out of our homes to invite others in, so they too can have the hope of a place prepared.