Inspiration from morning meditation, “……then are we not permitted to believe that heaven is earth renewed?”
As we approach a new year, this phrase led me to dwell on thoughts of “heaven is earth renewed” in fleeting moments.
In the midst of a world of turmoil, death, destruction and the horrors of war, we can still glimpse bits of heaven on earth.
Visions of family in front of us, stirred memories of family gone but never forgotten and heavenly split seconds looking into children's eyes reflecting their links from the past and their promise of hope for tomorrow.
Dreams bring earth’s renewal, love is renewal, growth is renewal, spirituality is renewal, happiness is renewal in every heavenly second.
I look around our primitive home and rejoice in the solid structure that surrounds us. The old braided rug that warms our feet, the wall heater that clicks announcing each new flame as temperatures drop below freezing.
Minutes of nostalgic Christmas decorations, soon to be put away, but reflecting so many heavenly moments.
I listen to my flock of chickens that survived our absence and rejoiced at our return to this “be-it-ever-so-humble” home.
Heaven is earth renewed in accusations such as, “You’re just like Ma and Pa Kettle”. Oh, aren’t we though and isn’t it grand.
Even with colds and coughs and miserable travel through solid ice, we move forward in family and heritage and tradition that lets us know our Creator embraces us and gives us these glorious heavenly bits if we choose to recognize them.
A new year leaves behind another grand Christmas as we approach many opportunities to make lemonade out of lemons. I am ready to go into a whole new year, and strongly vow to spend time watching for heaven in seconds in my heart, mind and soul.