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We must all prepare for moving day
Rev. Jennifer Smart

 The tsunami of Boxing Day 2004; Hurricane Katrina followed by Rita, then Stan and others still; earthquakes in Turkey in Japan and, most recently, in the Kashmir region of Pakistan. In all these natural disasters, we hear of so many dead and so many more who are forced to evacuate - forced to move because their homes are in ruins.

 Much has been and will be said about these disasters. Yet, they also point to a sober reality: we will have a "moving day" when we leave our bodies behind and our souls move on to another realm.

 Death, painful as it is, is just a door. We pass through this door to enter our real home. St. Paul wrote about this to believers in Corinth: "We know that our body - the tent we live in here on earth - will be destroyed. But when this happens, God will have a house for us. It will not be a house made by human hands; instead, it will be a home in heaven that will last forever." II Corinthians 5:1

 Someday our body - the earthly tent - will fall in a heap and death will display its triumph. To many, it seems like the end. Yet today, I invite you to turn your eyes from the physical decay to the prospect of an eternal home. God is eager to welcome each one of us into His home. We open the door when we open our hearts to receive Jesus Christ.

 He told his disciples, "I am the Door." What little the Bible reveals about heaven is enough to build our faith with assurance.

 Our minds strain to imagine what heaven may be like. Do you want to catch a glimpse of heaven for yourself - to bask in the warmth of God's love and enjoy the bright sunshine of His truth? If only we could see, or hear, or taste or touch - then it would be more real to us. It is only natural to have such longings. But faith would not be "faith" if God accommodated our desires. By faith, we are pilgrims on earth. May we listen to the call of the invisible God.

 As someone once said, "One by one, we transfer our treasures to the other side, so that where our treasure is, there our heart may be also." We live with many longings. But above all else, today may we open our ears to the still small voice of God and open our hearts to Jesus. For death is but a moment, but life is an eternity.

  October 26, 2005  
 
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