Have you ever built a sand castle? Or a snow fort? Have you built a fort out of sticks? How long did your fort stay up? Did you knock it down? Did somebody else? Today’s epistle reading today reminds us of these forts we might build—forts that don’t last long! We read, “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come.” These words remind us that our lives here are temporary. They last maybe 90 years, maybe even a 100 years—in this life.
We know that our life here doesn’t last, but we are waiting for the “city which is to come.” Do you know what that city is? It’s heaven, of course. And heaven lasts forever!
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Let your servant depart: The Presentation of the Lord
Have you ever heard somebody say, “I’ve seen it all!”? Usually it means that person has seen something really surprising, something he’s never seen before. On Wednesday, exactly 40 days after Christmas, we will celebrate a Great Feast. This feast is called the Presentation of the Lord into the Temple. When Jesus was 40 days old, He was carried into the Temple, because that was the Jewish law.