Mar. 11 – Monday                             Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, 16-19

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling–if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

 

from X. Rae Browning, First Christian Church, Cumberland, MD

            Oh, what a glorious day!  Sometimes a new body sounds so good. I remember my Grandma saying “I just don’t know what God is waiting for; I’m ready, for this ole body is wearing out.” Sometimes living in the new body sounds so great; especially when serious or terminal illnesses are attacking. Sometimes these tents create difficulties that become so burdensome, and some even fall to self destruction.

Calling on Christ in our lives and daily prayer brings us close to God, giving us strength even in times of pain, sadness and sorrow. When our hearts are heavy and these tents seem to swallow us whole, we are never alone. Supporting each other brings both the supporter and the supported comfort. Reach out to God and to one another. Take comfort in God’s promise through His Son, Jesus Christ knowing there is forgiveness and reconciliation.

Thank you Lord, Jesus for your love,

 and for the gifts of forgiveness and reconciliation.

 

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