Thursday, November 3, 2016

This Sunday @ Locust Hill UMC::: THIS IS HEAVEN

Our imaginations go wild with what heaven might be like. As a child I was with the episodes of Unsolved Mysteries about those who had died, experienced the after life, then came back to life. As of recently books like "Heaven is for Real" have reawakened our imaginations at what heaven might be like. Most of us would like to think heaven will be a place where we will get to see our loved ones again and that it will also be a place absent of pain. 

Jesus in our scripture reading this Sunday from Luke widens our imaginations about the resurrection but not in the way that we typically imagine. The beauty of heaven is that it is larger than our own limited view of what the resurrection will be. Jesus reminds us that heaven is not about what we want it to be but much more dwelling in the fullness of almighty God. 

In the here and now we know that we are children of God but it is at times difficult to accept this love for ourselves and others. We shy away from accepting this truth for those we are troubled by and those parts of ourselves that we don't like. Heaven is a place where we might see our enemies not for the hurt they caused but much more for the abundance of love for which God has for them. Heaven is place where we no longer struggle with what we lack but a celebration of who God has created us to be. 

Looking forward to letting Jesus further our view of the Good News of the resurrection that he has come to bring to all the world!