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Today’s Author: Anne Haugan
Sometimes when observing a gorgeous view on Earth one hears the words, “This must be just like Heaven.”
Do we have to wait for eternal life to know what heaven is like? I think not. Heaven on Earth is not just majestic vistas or enjoying beautiful gardens or the wonder of monarch and bird migrations.
In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”
We are all children of our Heavenly Father. We do belong to the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and with this belonging, we do have responsibilities.
I think the Heavenly Kingdom on Earth is about everyday “Community Living”.
- Loving our neighbor
- Experiencing love of family
- Demonstrating hospitality
- Being a good person; treating others with kindness and respect
- Showing love and forgiving those who hurt you or treat you differently
- Practicing our faith
- Giving care support to persons in need
- Working for justice
- Being aware of others; being an attentive listener
- Having a positive attitude
- Letting our light shine
- Conserving our natural resources: air, water, soil, vegetation, creatures
What do you suppose our Creator God is thinking when the beautiful Planet Earth is being destroyed bit by bit – not only the natural resources but the way humankind behaviors have become disruptive and violent. How far does God’s grace extend?
Come Holy Spirit Come. Grant us grace to live each day On Earth as ambassadors of Jesus’ love in our community and in the world. Amen.
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We have heard this week of a calling for human beings in Creation’s dynamic story. This concept of calling is something Lutherans are big on. I’m thinking about that calling today as I page through the morning paper. What’s in the news? Well, lately the death toll from the floods in Europe. The deep drought in the western United States. This news, I sense, is importantly different from the spreading horror of dementia and the inevitability of death. If we spoke yesterday of them as natural evil, today we seek to face up to something we must call moral evil.
It is indeed good, very good, (Gen.1:21,25) that we live in the very presence of our Creator. But biblical faith would not say it is perfect. Why not? Well, for a couple of reasons.
First, creation is about life and perfection can seem to suggest that there’s nowhere for life to grow, to become, to live. The text Pastor Ruth preached on last Sunday is simply teeming with vitality. Getting the sun and the moon and the stars in place is perhaps orderly enough.
Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have been in the news lately. Suppose some wealthy believer was to book a seat on the next flight to the edge of space. Suppose he did that hoping to see God. Branson was saying future passengers should not waste the wonderful view by taking time to take pictures. Just so, true faith is not for tourists. Science certainly has a valid agenda here and it is not entertainment.
This is my last devotion for you, Prince of Peace, and I want you to know how much I have enjoyed writing for you since the pandemic began. When we went into “stay at home” mode in March 2020, as a church staff we knew that we needed new ways to stay connected and share comfort and good news during that scary and confusing time. We thought it would be a good short term practice to keep the body of Christ together through devotions, and that turned out to be true in so many ways that now it is a regular part of our life together.