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Away From The Body And At Home With The Lord

2 Corinthians 5:8

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

RayMcDFirst – let me apologize for missing most of last week. My mom passed and I just couldn’t focus long enough to put out a devotional thought each day. I wanted to begin today’s devotional with a thank you. Thank you to all who have reached out or will reach out to my family during this trying time. Last Sunday night – during the Super Bowl (I wasn’t really watching – #NotMySuperBowlChampion) – mom transitioned to glory! I saw it coming. She was tired of fighting – and ready to meet her Lord and Savior and to see her beloved husband – my dad – again.

Mom battled dementia for about five years and the last two have been really tough – for her and for us. She was the last of her siblings – my father has one living brother. Their generation is fading fast. Which means my generation is not the oldest in our family. That seems to hit home when your parents are with Jesus and you are the oldest generation in your family (or nearly).

Today’s passage brought me peace with mom’s passing. 2 Corinthians 5:8 – We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. I told the family at the grave – we were not laying mom (Nan) in the ground – because she had left her shell – the body – and was with Jesus and dad (Pop). The symbol of the butterfly represents the resurrection – new life no longer bound to the earth but able to fly free to be with God.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. 2 Corinthians 5:1–10 – 1 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 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

If Christ is our Lord and Savior – when we leave this earthly shell – we are transitioned into a new body – eternal in heaven – with God. Mom is there! Dad has had four years to learn the ropes and I hope he met her and is showing her around. More important than meeting dad again – mom met Jesus face-to-face. We all will – if our hope and faith are in Christ.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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February 13, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I extend my sincere condolences to you and your family in the passing of your mom. I no longer live in the Selborne House across the street from the church, but still read your daily blog. Be blessed.

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  2. I realize that my name may not have come up with my previous comment. But, I am Sallie Rich, who often visited your church when I lived across the street.

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