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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

John 14:1-4

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."

Last week we received word that my cousin's husband, Warren, had passed away on Christmas Day. It seemed impossible that Warren had gone to be with the Lord. I can still recall our college days when he and his wife, Wilma, lived in campus housing with walls that were constructed of 1/4 inch plywood. Joyce and I lived in the same housing for a short time. With such thin walls, it gave new meaning to the Scripture; “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Right!

I worked with Warren on the campus one summer. One project that stands out was putting hot tar roofing on the administration building. Warren was always happy and would break out in a song that lifted our spirits as we worked on that blistering hot roof.

Perhaps I would not have mentioned Warren's death if it were not for news that I just received this afternoon. My cousin, Warren's wife, Wilma, passed away yesterday. He died on Christmas and Wilma on New Year's Day. As I thought about her passing, I suddenly thought about how precious it was. They had been married over 60 years and she was lost in the hours after his death. Now they are together with the Lord for all eternity.

There is great comfort for every Christian who says farewell to a loved one who goes to be with the Lord. There is an old song that seems appropriate: "This world is not my home, I'm just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from Heaven's open door And I can't feel at home in this world anymore."

Welcome home, Warren and Wilma!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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