Where Do You Pitch Your Tent? "Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built byhuman hands" (2 Corinthians 5:1). Paul uses the word "tent" to describe our physical bodies. This suggests two things. First of all, our bodies are only temporary. Nomads use tents because they don't stay in one place long but are only passing through. This describes us. Our sojourn on earth is brief and we will, some day, move on. Secondly, I think about how lowly and humble a tent is. It's serviceable, but it isn't a thing of great beauty. And, because my particular "tent" has been ravaged with pain and illness, I am looking forward to leaving it behind. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul explains what our bodies will be like in the next life. Those of us who know Jesus can look forward to the day when we have "imperishable bodies" that Paul says will be raised "in glory and in power" (1 Corinthians 15:41,42). "While we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened", (2 Corinthians 5:4), but our resurrected bodies will never experience suffering again. It's interesting that the Greek word that Paul uses for "tent" in these passages from the Second Letter to the Corinthians is the same word used in John 1:14 where it says that Jesus "made his dwelling among us". Literally, this phrase can be translated as Jesus "pitched his tent among us". As His tent was destroyed, so will ours be. But, more importantly, as He rose from the dead never to die again, so, too, do we have that miracle awaiting us when we accept Him into our hearts. This is a guarantee from God. (2 Corinthians 5:5). Friends, if your "tent" is a bit faded and worn and patched and doesn't keep the rain out like it used to, remember that it is only temporary and that God promises to resurrect you and give your spirit a new heavenly dwelling if you will allow Him through faith. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Lou Cornish has chronic pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. She has temporarily pitched her tent in Canada and is looking forward to having that imperishable body in the next life. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people Who live with chronic illness or pain.