Well, it has been busy days on my USA journey. I have been able to preach in many churches in New England and now in Texas.
Hard to believe it has been almost a month that I have been away and I have been blessed a few times with Scottish weather, a few days that I have even looked at folk and said welcome to Scotland. Though as much as this place was once home it is not near as pretty in my heart as Brechin.
It has been the most fun actually seeing folk I know from my past and rehearsing old memories, and finding that children that were so wee 12 years ago are now moving on with life and some have turned out better than I would have guessed. As well there have been a few stories that are heartbreakers and leave me a bit sad for folks I know and love. There have been some that have passed away and to see someone without ‘their other half’ as felt a bit empty but the memories that flowed out were worth the pain.
All this has left me reminded that at the end of the day of a wee little song that says “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.” 1 Peter 2:9-12 says this:
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honourable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
This is a reminder that while Christians live in this life and enjoy it that we are to do so in a better way because this is not the end. We are pilgrims and sojourners through this life looking for the next which we believe to be better because it is with Christ. The struggles we know here are only temporary and those that have passed away we look forward to seeing again in that eternal kingdom of God.
In the mean time, I am enjoying my journey to my past but look forward to being home again soon even if it is only a temporary home till I reach my eternal HOME.
Be safe and enjoy the journey,
Rev. Jon Bergen Brechin Baptist Fellowship