November 8

For we are aliens and transients before you, as were all our ancestors; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.  1 Chronicles 29:15

In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  John 14:2

David, even as King, considered himself an alien on the land where he ruled.  He knew that his real home was with God and he recognized that life on earth was fleeting.  And so it is true for us as well,  life is short, ( though sometimes it seems too long.)

How blest we are to have Christ’s words in John.  He goes to prepare a place for us.  US!  Do you wonder, as I do, what our place will be like?  I once heard a devotional speaker say that we will have our own property in heaven.  Perhaps our names are already written on the door posts.  Can it be true?  Yes, for we have God’s assurance that we will live with him forever.

No matter how we think or conjecture about the afterlife, it remains a mystery to us. Just the way that our Lord planned it.  We have only to believe the divine promises and live our short lives in confidence and wonder!

Dearest Lord,  not only do you meet our needs here on earth, but also forever.  It is hard for us humans to fathom the depth of your love and mercy.  Be with us when we lose control, fall apart, feel lost. Lift us from our fear and let us hear again your voice, saying, “you are mine.”  Amen

Joan Perlich