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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 15, 2021

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MONDAY, February 15 Thomas Bray

Hebrews 1:10-11 And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing.”

A story is told of the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson who, when warned by a doomsday prophet of the approaching end of the world, said, “Very well, we’ll get along without it.”

The thought of heaven and earth passing away is terrifying to some, heart-rending to others. When I admire a hillside carpeted with golden poppies or watch the yellow disc of the moon rise over a sandstone cliff, I feel connected to God. I do not want such beauty to disappear.

We know we are mortal but can seldom comprehend it. Life on this planet and in these bodies was always a temporary gig. Paul tells the Hebrews that heaven and earth will wear out like clothing and will be changed. Still, God remains. If we believe God’s promises that some part of us came from and will return to eternity, we can passionately love God’s creation, heaven and earth, and then, with Emerson’s bravado, prepare to do without them.

MOVING FORWARD: The Bible often talks about heaven and earth passing away. How does this knowledge impact your daily decisions?

PRAY for the Diocese of South Ankole (Uganda)

Ps 25 * 9, 15 | Deuteronomy 6:10-15 | Hebrews 1:1-14 | John 1:1-18



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