Jul 29, 2007

Vail Vision July 29, 2007

An unusual CAT scan...

A providence Rode Island nursing home has an unusual occupant. Oscar is shy and avoids most people but like the facility's doctors, he roams from room to room. Most people like Oscar, but they don't want him to get too close. You see, Oscar is a cat. A very unusual cat. Oscar never cuddles up to patients, but it appears that when they are close to death, Oscar jumps up on their beds and snuggles with them. According to the author of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the cat has never been wrong in about 25 cases.

That's just too accurate to be a coincidence. We know that animals can sense things that humans can't. Dogs have better smell, eagles have better vision. Maybe cats have the ability to sense when people are close to death. Who knows.

What we do know is that all of us one day will close our eyes and wake up to Jesus. We who have been given life by the author of life will be given new bodies redeemed by Christ the crucified. These bodies won't decay and Oscar will never sense death in them.

I am reminded of the words of James about our life here on earth. "We are a mist that appears for awhile and then vanishes... Our mist may only appear for awhile, but we can make a huge difference while we're here.

For some reason, God has gathered us together in Vail. We are a strong, vibrant, healthy congregation. He has called us to be a light of the Gospel shining in a dark world. What a joy it will be to watch this congregation grow not only in numbers but in maturity of faith. I believe that when our mist has vanished we will have made a difference in the lives of many people here in Vail and beyond.

I have done many things in my life. But nothing I have done has filled me with more joy than to have used the gifts that God has given me to make a difference in someone's life. If I look out only for myself, then when Oscar comes calling, all of that good will goes with me to the grave. But if I look out for others, when Oscar comes calling, I will have left good will and joy and peace behind. Someone once said that in heaven we will go from person to person and discover how our actions on earth helped them to come to Jesus. I like that image.

May God bless our ministry here in Vail.

Blessings,

Pastor David Hook