Thought For The Day 01/23/14

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What Awaits?

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It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God alone. 

William Blake

http://www.quotegarden.com/angels.html

 

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One of my friends and colleagues, Friar Jeffrie Wallace, once selected as his question to answer on his “Quiet Time With Friar Jeff” segment, “Is There a Heaven” and “What Does It Look Like”! And coincidentally, it was my plan to write a blog about this very thing…way back in 2012! To my mind, brilliant minds truly do think alike, although it appears as if his brilliance preceded mine by a day! And so, I invite you to share his “Quiet Time With Friar Jeff” video, and then, after hearing his beautiful description of Heaven, spend a moment and consider that million dollar question for people of faith….IS THERE A HEAVEN?

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Whether you were brought up believing in St Peter opening the pearly gates for our dearly departed, or you embrace another version of the afterlife in accordance with your religious or faith preference, nearly all belief systems adopt a consistent view of what constitutes Heaven (or the place where those whose lives were pleasing to their particular revered deity would travel to, and reside, after death claimed their earthly physical vessel) and Hell (which must be viewed as the absolute opposite).

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Now my friend actually talked about and described what the Judeo-Christian version looked like, based on Biblical descriptions of the mansion of God found in Revelations 21:10-21. And, except for a handful of verses in earlier books of the Bible, it seems as if God has specifically intended that this information be revealed to man as part of the final part of his inspired word as told by John. What we are told and do know is that the things we will glimpse in heaven have never before been seen, heard or ever dreamed of by man. And we also know that even the most intimate of human relationships we share with those we love and whose lives we share on this earthly plane, will pale by comparison to the relationship we will share with Him in His house!

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God shared his vision of all that awaits man with John, the writer of the Book of Revelations, for what I think are several reasons:

  1. God wanted man to understand that Heaven is as real a place as any that man could ever live in or even envisioned here on earth.

  2. God chose someone who was being held and imprisoned, to be the vessel by which He would reveal this, knowing that because of the strength of John’s faith in Him, he would share the vision with man in an accurate and reliable way.

  3. God waited to reveal this information until a time arrived when man would be ready to hear it. Perhaps it was only at this time that the mind of man could fully grasp and comprehend the realities of eternity, as mapped out by the Master’s hand!

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Now knowing the appearance and size and configuration of this place known as Heaven as revealed to John aside, there are even more pieces of the puzzle that define Heaven for those of faith. Yes, its beauty will be a gift to the senses and the joy of sharing His mansion a gift to the soul. However, heaven will also gift believers with so much more, including freedom from pain and tears and sadness, the opportunity of reunion with the loved ones whose deaths have preceded our own, and we will be able to talk to Him, ask Him questions, and listen to Him speak. How wonderful is the idea of experiencing these things for all eternity?

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Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 21:1-4 NIV

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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