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Finally Alive!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

Psalm 23:4-6

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."

I have carried a yellowed clipping around for many years. I just ran across it as I was praying about what to write for today. I hope it has as much of an impact upon you as it does on me each time I read it.

Harry Rimmer (1890-1952) was an American creationist, itinerant evangelist and writer of anti-evolution pamphlets. He used science to prove the veracity of the Bible. The following is a remarkable letter he wrote to Charles E. Fuller of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour, shortly before his death:

“Next Sunday you are to talk about Heaven. I am interested in that land because I have held a clear title to a bit of property there for over fifty years. I did not buy it. It was given to me without money and without price; but the donor purchased it for me at a tremendous sacrifice.

I am not holding it for speculation. It is not a vacant lot. For more than half a century I have been sending materials out of which the greatest Architect of the Universe has been building a home for me, which will never need remodeling or repairs because it will suit me perfectly, individually, and will never grow old.

Termites can never undermine its foundation for it rests upon the Rock of Ages. Fire cannot destroy it, floods cannot wash it away. No lock or bolts will ever be placed upon the doors, for no vicious person can ever enter that land, where my dwelling stands, now almost completed and almost ready for me to enter in and abide in peace eternally, without fear of being rejected.

There is a valley of deep shadow between this place where I now live, and that to which I shall journey in a very short time. I cannot reach my home in that city without passing through this valley. But I am not afraid because the best Friend I ever had went through the same valley long, long ago and drove away all its gloom.

He stuck with me through thick and thin since we first became acquainted fifty-five years ago, and I hold His promise in printed form, never to forsake me or leave me alone. He will be with me as I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and I shall not lose my way because He is with me.

I hope to hear your sermon on Heaven next Sunday, but I have no assurance I shall be able to do so. My ticket to Heaven has no date marked for the journey, no return coupon and no permit for baggage. Yes, I am ready to go and I may not be here while you are talking next Sunday evening, but I will meet you there someday.”

All I can say is, “Praise the Lord!” I can hardly wait for that day! Until then I will do everything I can to show men, women, boys and girls the way to glory.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil


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