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June 5, 2006, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

A perfect morning

Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

I was visiting my in-law’s farm in northern Minnesota in early spring. It was a beautiful morning out in the pasture: blue sky, a wind that was blocked by the hillside and trees, no bugs, and about 50 degrees.

I had cut down an old oak tree for firewood that morning from which most of the bark had already fallen off. The large branches were parallel to the ground, waist high, making cutting a delight on the back.

I was soaking up the sun’s rays and the breeze was blowing the sawdust away. The weight of my saw, and the sharp chain were doing the work. I thought to myself, “What a perfect morning to be out here.”

As the 9-inch diameter oak chunks were falling, one chunk hit a branch on the ground and the sharp edge of the oak chunk was thrust toward my shin. Instant pain had shortened my “near-perfect” morning.

Has anything “sharp and heavy” marred your “near-perfect” world recently, causing you pain and dimming your outlook of spring? Isn’t that what life here on earth is like?

Life in the Garden of Eden was perfect until man’s disobedience. With that disobedience, came pain, disease, suffering, and death.

Life here on earth never stays the same for long. We have to accept that, and understand life to be that way until the believer is taken home to Heaven.

Jesus’ perfect life and suffering on the cross frees the believer from the last enemy of death, but for now, we still live in an imperfect world. We look forward to the eternal perfection described in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Next time you are enjoying a “near-perfect” morning, give thanks for it as long as it lasts, but don’t be surprised if some pain interrupts your experience. That is what life is like down here on earth.

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