Pastor's Blog

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Many blessings to you through our Best Friend!

Yours in Him,

(Rev.) Peter A. Brown

Dear People of Eternity,

I went to my 50th Mansfield High School reunion a couple weeks ago and I enjoyed it immensely.  (How five decades could have come and gone since June of 1969 I'm still trying to understand, but that's another story for another time.)

Delightful as the reunion was, however, it left me with a tinge of sadness.  The tour of our old high school (now the Qualters Middle School) was superb, but a bit frustrating.  They have added so many wings and altered the building so much that we could hardly get our bearings until we finally reached the old part and saw things as we remember them.  I have the same feeling when I drive past the house here in town that I lived in for sixteen years, which looks smaller than I remember it, and so much is missing: the old apple and maple trees, the grapevine, the garage, and the garden.  I have the same reaction to seeing Paine School where I attended first and second grade.  It has been abandoned for years and looks pitifully decrepit these days.  And the moment of silence at our reunion for the ten classmates who have died added a quite somber note to our revelry.

As Thomas Wolfe observed, "You can't go home again."  You can't recover the past.  The idealized home of yesteryear in your memory can never match the reality of today.  Yet there's a persistent longing within us to "go home again."  We once lived in Paradise, but ever since our rebellion in the Garden of Eden our experience has been: Paradise Lost.  There is no road back to Eden.  You can't go home again.

But, glory to God, there is a road forward  to Eden!  It goes up over a hill called Calvary.  Through Christ's atoning death on the cross God welcomes every believer Home again.  One day we'll fully experience Paradise Regained.  The old Jerusalem, whose peace people have prayed for through the ages,will be replaced by the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2).  The death and mourning and crying and pain that debuted in Genesis 3: 16-19 are banished forever in Revelation 21:4.  The tree of life from which we were debarred in Genesis 3:24 will flourish again on each side of the water-of-life river, providing monthly fruit as well as leaves for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:2).  The curse that fell in Genesis 3 is lifted forever in Revelation 22.

No, you can't go home again, but you can go forward to the Home of which your beloved old home, at its absolute best, was never anything more than the faintest of foreshadowings.  "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." (I Corinthians 2:9)  Lovers of the Lord, it's absolutely true that "the best is yet to be."  One day we'll be in the Home we were built for, in a reunion so grand that it couldn't possibly get any better...and then it will.

Yours in that blessed hope,

Rev. Peter A. Brown