Aches and Pains

February 6, 2016



 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.

~2 Corinthians 5:1, NLT


The body of Benjamin Franklin, Printer, lies here, food for worms; but the work shall not be lost, for it will appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the Author.

~Benjamin Franklin

The word ‘tent’ is a common metaphor for the body in the bible. The tent is the symbol of the temporary and the perishable. Houses can stand for hundreds of years, but tents wear out in a relatively short amount of time. The tent is a dwelling that can be assembled or disassembled in minutes and it can be moved from place to place.

Our physical bodies, like tents, wear out. In the latter stages of their decay, they become a source of groaning. My brother said yesterday while waiting for Heath’s surgery to be completed: “I’m ready for Jesus to come.” He is 72 but Bro. Tim quickly agreed and he is only 56 and of course I agreed. None of us have a death wish, we just want the new resurrected body that does not ache. I’d like to run again; Tim would like to play basketball again and John D. would like to drive again.

Abraham lived in a tent his entire life because he had no intention on settling down here on earth, he knew life here was temporary, just a camping trip Why build a house when you have no intention of staying? We don’t consider a person foolish for pitching a tent in a State Park, but if they started building a house: we would think that was  strange and foolish.

Like it or not, our bodies are dying but our spirits are being renewed every day. Relatively speaking, our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. There is a glory coming that we cannot at this moment imagine. So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

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  • Heath’s Surgery went well. He went straight from Surgery to ICU. It will take a few days to see if the new procedure worked.
  • Gary Garner was moved to Summerford’s.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS this morning at Cracker Barrel.
  • Tomorrows schedule is slightly altered: Deacon’s at 8:15, Donuts and Biscuits, LCBS at 9:15 and Worship at 10:15. In the PM, AWANA has a night off but there will be a children’s party at the church. I’m not sure where youth are meeting. LCBS classes are to have their own get together. The emphasis is not on the super bowl, it is on fellowship. Childcare begins at 5:15 and goes through 7:45.

Gary, Keri and Kane


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