030801 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Philippians 4: 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [c]lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
With so much ugliness all around us the moments taken to absorb through our various senses the beauty of God’s creation and plan are precious and sacred. The more we give in to the “tyranny of the urgent” the less capable we become to appreciate that there is so much more that we seem to miss every day. We created a small butterfly friendly garden spot in our yard this year and I have enjoyed the simple beauty of dragonflies, butterflies, bumble bees and birds. Because of this I am constantly reminded of the beauty of Christ in the suffering of the cross and the power of his resurrection and the promise of His imminent return.
The apostle John saw a glimpse of Heaven in a dream/vision as he recorded in the book of the Revelation. From his vision and through the filter of the history of the world much of what he has prophesied has come to pass. His warnings to the seven churches are all based in the reality of the times and translate very well to all of the Western churches both Catholic and Protestant.
We have created a comforting and pleasant view of heaven as largely myth and presumption. I am guardedly optimistic that Heaven is a beautiful and amazing place where we shall find the kind of peace and contentment that we so long for in this life. We can know this peace now if we are strong in our faith, unwavering in our devotion and willing to endure whatever the ugliness of the world throws at us.