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HOPE IN THE HEARTLAND: Tents and mansion

Gracepoint Church, Peabody

My wife sent me to buy a canopy so we could sit in the shade at swim meets. I bought one.

It’s roughly the size of Rhode Island. OK, maybe not that big, but as we set it up — and it continued unfolding and extending in every direction — I kept expecting a ticket booth to emerge and “Ringling Brothers” to be written on the side.

But there was shade. Mission accomplished. I just have to make sure that whenever we want to set it up again there are at least four other people around to help.

The canopy is a temporary shelter not a permanent dwelling. We put it up and take it down. It moves from place to place.

The Bible says that our bodies are like that too — temporary. Our souls are in our physical bodies, and our physical bodies are living on a temporary planet. Neither is permanent.

It’s like living in a tent, in someone else’s yard, while our mansion is being built somewhere else. We endure the hassles of the temporary shelter because we know we’ll be somewhere better eventually.

Are you ready to move into eternity?

Last modified June 28, 2012