Monday, July 24, 2006

This World Is Not My Home

Praise God these bodies are only temporary. Ed has been completely healed and given a new body as he looks upon our Savior face to face! Please pray for Kelley for sweet rest and comfort. The weight of grief is such a physical thing and she has already been going non-stop for months now. Pray that God will allow her to be carried on the strength of her Lord and her family.

4 comments:

Troy & Sherry said...

betty -
i have followed this story as well and my heart is broken for this familiy but i also rejoice in knowing that there are better things to come and ed is now completely healed - it also makes me hold a little tighter to my husband...

Betty 'Rie said...

I know what you mean, Sherry. It seems hard to understand God's ways sometimes, but I can only believe that God felt that more glory would come to Him by taking Ed home, even though he seemed to have such a far-reaching impact. My guess is that this is not the end of his influence and as we continue to follow the story, we will see a tremendous harvest of fruit from those left behind.

G-Knee said...

Thanks Betty for posting. It's been an up and down day for me. Just wishing to be with Jesus.

Betty 'Rie said...

Therefore we DO NOT LOSE HEART, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of GOOD COURAGE, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord--for we walk by faith, not by sight--we are of GOOD COURAGE, I say and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9