Accepted or Contaminated

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We just spent a few days in Door County. For those of you not from Wisconsin, Door County is on a peninsula in Northern Wisconsin. It is surrounded by Lake Michigan on one side and Green Bay on the other. We have been going up since our kids were little. Now we go with our grandchildren. It feels like our second home.

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Things have changed. It was no longer the welcoming place we remember. While some of the shop keepers we have known for years were friendly, many were not.

One store required masks that they approved. (check)

Use their hand-sanitizer. (check)

Knock on the door and they will let you in if they aren’t at their capacity of four. (check)

When the clerk came out to let us in we were informed that the two year old was not allowed. Why? Because he wasn’t wearing a mask and they knew even if we put one on him it wouldn’t stay in place.

Did I mention it was a toy store?

Another store required a mask. (Check)

Use their hand-sanitizer. (Check)

Stay socially distanced. (Check)

I came in alone the clerk being the only other person in the store. The clerk stopped me to say that if I touched anything not to put it back on the shelf, but to put it on the table for contaminated things. They would have to sanitize it.

Later at one of the parks in the area we came across a sign at the trail head.

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So we were required to clean our shoes as we entered and exited the trail.

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When we met the few other people on the trails we noticed they had masks on…outdoors…in the wind…

I guess we didn’t get the memo. They looked at us with suspicion and moved way off the trail when they met us.

If Covid has given you stress there is something even more pressing that you should be concerned about.

What about Heaven? Will we be allowed in?

No sin or germs allowed.

Hand sanitizer won’t be strong enough to make us clean.

Socially distancing will not be an option there. We must be perfect.

But miracle of miracles I will be allowed to enter.

Why???

Not because I am sinless or free of germs, but because Christ’s blood has made me clean. Since there is no hope of any of us being perfect we look to God’s perfect Son, Jesus who died in our place. His death on the cross has settled the matter.

To think that a perfect God would allow me into His perfect heaven is too wonderful to comprehend.

I will be accepted.

I will be loved.

I will be welcome.

God, Himself will wipe away my tears.

He is preparing a place for me.

Is He preparing a place for you?

Have you accepted His offer of eternal Life to any who would put their trust in His Son, who died for your sins and mine?

Neither of us knows what tomorrow holds. He might call us home tomorrow or next week or next year. Make sure you have made preparations. Put as much thought into your eternal health as you have been putting into your Co-vid avoidance.

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 (ESV)

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, that were I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going…I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. John 14:2-4, 6 (ESV)

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I John 5:11 & 12 (ESV)

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