Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What's seen... and what's not seen

"So we do not lose heart.  Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.  For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we we look not at what can be seen, but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal."
 (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Nana is dying.  Literally.  Hospice workers say it will be any day now.  She has a form of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).  She's had it for a while... but only in the last 4+ weeks has it really taken its toll on her.  As her pastor, I've been by to see her at home many times in these 4+ weeks.  Each time she's been more and more weak.  Her body is wasting away.  it's hard to see, knowing what a vibrant woman of faith she has been.

In his 2nd letter to the church in Corinth, Paul could very well have been talking about Nana.  If you'd only had the chance to meet her these past 2 months or so, you'd probably call it a tragedy.  But if you've known her longer, like I have, you've come to know the love & hope in her heart.  You'd have seen the deep & abiding faith she has.  You'd know the condition her body is right now in now way reflects the eternal condition of her soul.  A soul which will soon be spending eternity with the Author & Creator of all Life.  Thanks be to God for that truth.  AMEN.

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