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August 14, 2010
by Rosemary Hagedorn   —   Audio controls are below the devotional to listen to this devotional

2 Corinthians 5:1 – 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 by human hands. (NIV)

The other morning, when I was just about to brush my teeth, I noticed that the toothpaste seemed a bit runny. I picked up the toothpaste tube and found out that it contained RUB-A535® instead. What a shock that was! I almost brushed my teeth with a medicated topical analgesic cream.

By repetition and a daily ritual, I thought that I had grabbed the toothpaste tube but grabbed the medicated rub instead. The reason for this was that someone else had not put it back in its usual spot.

How many things happen in our lives because of doing things by rote, without thinking or reading or looking? I have come to the conclusion that as we get older, we need to put things back into their proper spots or an incident like this could happen over and over again.

This incident made me think of changes that take place within our bodies as we get older. The brain is multi-faceted organ. It gives direction to and interprets information from the hands, feet, nose, mouth, eyes, and other parts of the body. It is like a captain in charge of many vessels. But as we get older, the brain loses its capacity to send its messages. Remembrance is one of the first things that we lose and then eyesight. Our joints and certain abilities no longer function properly. Words like "You know" and "thing" or "things" are heard more frequently. And I believe that as we get older, we need to forgive ourselves and each other more often!

Our earthly bodies are wearing down slowly, but we await new bodies, bodies that are incorruptible and pure.

Philippians 3:20-21 – For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. (NASB)

Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank You for your promise of transforming our run-down bodies into bodies of glory through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Saviour. Amen.

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Rosemary Hagedorn <rosyhagedorn@gmail.com>
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

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