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Friday, September 10, 2021

Cedar Falls, Iowa railroad bridge Photo by Steve Ephraim
Railroad bridge in Cedar Falls, Iowa
Photo by Steve Ephraim
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"This World Is Not My Home"

Note: Today's message uses some of the same Scriptures and has a similar theme to the one we shared on Wednesday but further considers our eternal, permanent home.

Message summary: Remember, this world is not our home, we are only passing through.

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“Now 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). “We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it” (2 Corinthians 5:7-9). “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23). "Live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear" (1 Peter 1:17).

Sixty-seven years ago I was in a familiar, comfortable place. I had been slowly growing in my mother's womb for the previous 8 months since my conception, when I became me, a unique human being. I was safe, comfortable and satisfied in my place and if I could talk I would have said this place is just fine. I don't want to leave. But just over a month later my "world" as I knew was over and I was born. I experienced the first of two major inevitable transitions that I will take place in my lifetime. Now I await my second
inevitable transition: "And as it is appointed unto men once to die" (Hebrews 9:27).

Yesterday I conducted a funeral service at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery for Conny Nichols, the wife of our longtime friend Nick. We last saw Conny a couple of weeks ago when she was in hospice here in Mount Joy in the final throes of an affliction she suffered for many years. Nick faithfully cared for her right up to the end, fulfilling vows he had made 60 years earlier.

He requested an old Gospel song at the service that is so appropriate, "This World Is Not My Home".

This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through,
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue;
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door,
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

"This World Is Not My Home" brought to mind a chaplain visit nearly twenty years ago. An employee had asked me to visit her grandmother who was dealing with a terminal disease and lived in "Landis Homes" (one of the many huge senior housing complexes in our area). After I located her room number I knocked on her door and she warmly welcomed me in. The prominent Bible on her table caught my eye immediately. After visiting a few minutes I shared a Scripture from her Bible and prayed with her.

Like so many of the elderly, she expressed how much she missed her own home but she made a great statement of faith with a contented state of mind. As we visited in her small, very modest, but tastefully decorated room, she said with a tone of acceptance: "This is fine for now, after all, it’s not my permanent home". I knew what she meant. She didn’t anticipate returning to her own home or ever moving into a bigger apartment. Clearly when she referred to her “permanent home” she meant her eternal home in heaven. What a healthy spiritual outlook and example of contentedness!

The Apostle Paul is speaking of our temporary and permanent homes in the daily text. “Now 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.” That’s a good verse to hide deep in your heart.

It’s interesting that in the daily text Paul speaks of the “earthly tent” which underscores the temporariness of our present life. However our future abode is described as “a building from God, an eternal house in heaven".

Remember, this world is not our home, we are only passing through. One day we will be transferred to our eternal, permanent home which, regardless of how our lives have been on this earth, will be “better by far”.
"Live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear" (1 Peter 1:17).

Don’t drop a single anchor
We’re almost home
Through every toil and danger
We’re almost home
How many pilgrim saints have before us gone?
No stopping now
We’re almost home

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we’re mindful of the Scriptures that caution us not to fix our attention, energy, and finances solely on our temporary brick and mortar dwelling here on earth, for it will one day perish or be taken from us. Likewise we are to regard our bodies as perishable, like that of earthly tents. Ever since Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil our bodies have taken on mortality. Our physical body is decaying day by day even though we try to delay the discomfort and limitations that accompany the aging process. But the most wonderful news for the believer is that these future resurrected bodies of ours are not built by human hands but by You, our Creator. And on Your appointed day our eternal spirit will be joined with our flesh that has taken on immortality. We will no longer groan from the painful anatomical effects of aging, for our new bodies will be perfect, disease free and ageless in our everlasting life. Knowing that such unending blessing lies in our future gives us hope and endurance for the ills of this present life. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Almost Home"  Video  Matt Papa & Matt Boswell This is a newer song that has really blessed us.

Almost home
We’re almost home
So press on toward that blessed shore
O praise the Lord
We’re almost home

“This World Is Not My Home”  Video  Youth Choir

"Almost Home"  Video  MercyMe (different song than one with same title above)

"Finally Home"  Video  MercyMe

Conny's service
Yesterday I had the honor of officiating the service of Conny Nichols at Fort Indiantown Gap National Veterans Cemetery. These beautiful burial grounds are located at the base of Blue Mountain. Nick met Conny in Germany when he served in the military. He sent us this photo that was taken yesterday.   

Pumpkin wagon near Strasburg, PA
Early yesterday morning we passed a wagon of pumpkins near Strasburg, PA.
The misty background especially caught our attention.
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Autumn decorations near Strasburg Railroad
These autumn decorations are at the entrance of the Strasburg Railroad.
The colors of autumn are starting to appear in many roadstands!

Farm Sweet Farm cards
Ester is the photographer for two sets of cards by Amish Cheer, developed by Amish fiction author Beverly Lewis and her sister Barbara Birch. This is the newest set, "Farm Sweet Farm". We are so pleased that Ester's photos were selected and regular readers will recognize the animals are photographed on the Old Windmill Farm. Beverly writes a brief backstory on the back of each card titled "Adventures of Little Katie Lapp"
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Sunset 9/9/21
Last night's sunset over the soybeans up the road from our house.
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