Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Hebrews 11:13-22

Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

Hello dear readers, its Tuesday with John. I travel too much. So far, this year has been the worst. As you can tell, I don’t like it very much however I have little choice as this is the job I am committed to do. When you read Paul’s fatherly guidance to the Hebrews, he speaks to our life in this world while looking ahead to our life in the next.

My traveling is a case where I am often wishing I were in a different place. I often feel like a stranger or an exile and often in a hostile land. Paul takes the argument for a homeland one step further. While we may long to return to the home we have left, we are told there is an even better home, ah yes, a Heavenly home. Yes! God has prepared a city for us. He goes on by repeating the Old Testament stories of Abraham, Isaac and Joseph (stories the Hebrews knew well) and illustrating their faith in God and being rewarded for their faith. God will fulfill his promise of the Holy City.

I am reminded of a very good friend who died of cancer many years ago in Florida. I knew she was dying and so did she when I last visited her only days before she died. I was very uncomfortable and nervous when I visited her. I did not know what to say to her. She knew I was uncomfortable. I remember giving her a hug and she grimaced with pain. I felt even worse. She took my hand with a tear in her eye and squeezed it with what strength she had and said. “I am going to a better place than this. I am going to prepare it for you and all the others I love. My job will be to keep the snow cleared off the walkway and to make sure to have the hot tea nearby. So don’t you worry, I am going to be fine and I will be waiting for you”

It is this kind of Faith that Paul is urging the Hebrews to recognize and the rewards that Christ has bought for us. Jesus is keeping the walkway clear for us and all we have to do is love and follow him. Wonderful stuff!!

AMEN

John Dickie

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