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This Month's Message

By Fran Caffey Sandin

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3: 16 NASB).

Margaree Harbor—the name slid off my tongue like a spoonful of vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day. What a delightful place to visit on our July tour of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The Bed and Breakfast advertisement stated it was located on a hill facing the harbor. I envisioned the beautiful lights at night, moonlight shimmering on the water, and yachts skimming along, docking in their berths. Yes! It sounded like the perfect romantic stop along our journey.

However, as we approached the area, we saw no people and no houses. We thought the city must be in the other direction, but as we followed the map, we kept thinking…surely this is not the place. Driving along the last gravel road, we viewed “the harbor”—a dried up ravine with an abandoned, rusty, fishing boat lying on its side with a string of colored Christmas-tree lights swinging from bow to stern. No water in sight, but lots of tall weeds. Then we looked up the hill to a tall, narrow, frame house with dingy, white-flaking paint, the windows askew, and a sagging front porch. Jim and I glanced at each other and struggled to smile. We double-checked the address. Yes, this was it.

When we gained the courage to knock on the front door, a man in overalls answered and cordially showed us our room upstairs with a shared bathroom down the hall. As seasoned travelers we hoped the inside would be a little nicer. Wrong again. The three-story monster was a 1927 farmhouse with probably the original furnishings. Thankfully, no one else came to stay. When I asked, “Could we please have a map of the town?” our host responded with a blank stare. Still in shock at our destination, we went for a walk and decided the B&B at Margaree Harbor WAS the town. We endured one night there, but enjoyed our other destinations.

In contrast we do have directions to a perfect location by reservation only: Heaven. The Bible tells us this special place is created by God Himself. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1: 1).”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). The Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent servants to invite people to come, but some refused (Matthew 22: 2).

The Holy Bible is true, with no false or misleading information. Heaven is a real place, reserved for believers who have repented of sins and trusted in Jesus as Savior and Lord. He paid the penalty for our sins with his own blood. If we believe in our hearts that Jesus died for our sins, was resurrected, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, then our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. God is inviting us to come to His banquet and to live in a special place He has prepared for us when we die. He does not want anyone to perish but all to have eternal life. Eternity is a long time. Will you join us?

Dear Father, thank you that your Word is true and we can depend on it. In a world that is always changing, YOU never change—We can trust you. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. In sending your dear son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sins, we are given the opportunity to make a reservation in Heaven, a place so glorious we cannot even imagine it. No disappointments there. Thank you, dear Lord. In Jesus’ name, A-men