Your tent.

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”  2 Corinthians 5:1 

Don’t take your earthly tent for granted.  Take a good look around your tent some morning; take an inventory of what you have accumulated.  You probably have electrical outlets and lights that are in working order.  The indoor plumbing brings fresh water into your faucet and it can be either hot or cold at the touch of a finger and the drain in the bottom of your lavatory goes into a sanitary sewer system.  Your tent most likely has glass windows that keep out the bugs, rai, snow and there is also a heating and cooling system that keeps the temperature to your liking, again with the touch of your finger. 

The young girl in this photo is sitting alone amidst a group of Haitian chairs attends the Lutheran school in Communautaire which is in the Central Plateau and she has no idea of what it is like to have such luxuries that are the norm in North America.  Her home is no doubt a one room shelter with a metal roof, no electricity, no plumbing and no glass in the windows.  She most likely sleeps on a mat on the dirt floor with her parents and siblings in the same room every night.  She has heard of an eternal house in Heaven that is not built by human hands.  What must she imagine her Heavenly home will look like; what do you imagine your Heavenly home will look like? 

“I’m looking away, beyond the dark stream, to heaven’s fair home, of which I had dreamed, there millions have gone, it’s glory to share, get ready my friend, to live over there.  That heavenly home, lies over death sea; where loved ones I know, are waiting for me, with Jesus we’ll live, in glory divine, that heavenly home, will surely be mine.  That heavenly home, has mansions of light, no storm clouds will rise, no shadows of night, no sorrow no pain, all sin will be gone, we’ll live with the Lord, while ages roll on.” 

The two of you know Jesus Christ our crucified Savior and the two of you will indeed have an Earthly house in Heaven.  We can be assured that it will be a mansion in Heaven, He has promised that and whatever the walls, floor and roof will be made of doesn’t really matter.  Being there with Jesus is all that really matters. 

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen.  

May God be with you…Jay