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From: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2017 7:29 AM
Subject: groaning and growing
2 Corinthians 5: 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
Toward the end of choir practice last night, after sitting for over an hour, we stood to practice our songs for Sunday. A low "groan" could be heard as a chorus across the choir (mostly retirees and pre-retirees) just from the creaky joints being forced to transition from sitting to standing. As we age we feel our age and our bodies are sending us more signals that they were never intended to carry our beings forever. We seem to know more and more friends who are dealing with disease and difficulties associated with this decline.
So the passage above resonated with me this morning. Our bodies are like tents that are showing some wear but we can take hope, as believers in Christ, knowing that what God has started here He will continue directly in His presence there, in Heaven. The groans we feel today will lead to a chorus of Hallelujahs as we bow before Him one day!