Heaven, Earth, and What Lasts

Heaven and Earth

Scripture selection: Luke 21:33

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

I hear it all the time.  I hear things like

  • Life is moving so fast
  • Nothing lasts anymore
  • Everything is made with built in obsolescence
  • We’re always on the move
  • There’s no time, everything is changing so quickly

Life is transient.

But, even while the days were passing quickly for Jesus to be with his first, faithful disciples, he reminded them that there is something very permanent.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

Even when life itself seems to be fleeting, we are reminded to take heart that God’s promises will never be set aside; never be proven wrong; never be forgotten.

In these fleeting times, we can count on God’s love that lasts an eternity.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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