Strive to be Heaven

On February 10, 2013, I posted the following blog titled “Heaven on Earth”:

Heaven is a hard word to pin down. What it is or where it is…is a mystery. Perhaps the simplest way to define it is: heaven is the reality of God. Heaven touches earth whenever we catch a glimpse of God, whenever we encounter God in a truly real way. Heaven can be found in a tender touch, in a glass of water, a morsel of food given to a hungry person. Heaven is seen in an act of kindness, an act of compassion. Heaven is the reality of Love, self-emptying, self-sacrificing love. We should not strive to get to heaven; we should strive to be heaven. The 20th century Carmelite nun Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity said it best: “I have found my Heaven on earth, because Heaven is God and God is in my heart.”

Heaven is within all of us, and all of us can be in heaven if we enter our hearts, encounter and experience God and then become God’s ambassadors of love and peace.

Within 30 minutes a Protestant minister living in Belize posted this response:

Well put; still a lot of that old toxic theology about Heaven/Hell out there. I saw a giant Christian bus in Belize yesterday with warnings about Hell plastered all over it, like “Turn or Burn.” As if the God of Heaven and love who loves us in spite of our sins will barbecue us forever and ever and ever and ever if we don’t get right with God. People living in that fear of judgment are being denied the true Heaven and those who spread that theology of Judgment and Hell are still out there around the world. God bless them–they mean well, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Always looking forward to your stuff, Gerry. Keep up the great work and blessings on you.


1 Response to “Strive to be Heaven”

  1. 1 krebsjoan November 23, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Thanks Gerry for this. I find it strong to link relying on God and relying on heaven, both realities that for some are close to imaginative entities. Both need to be experienced. That you urged us to “be heaven” is challenging indeed.

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