Heaven Meets Earth

Create beauty, build relationships and promote peace and  justice.  If you want heaven to meet earth those are the things you can do.  Last Sunday Reynold Friesen one of the pastors at our church talked about the ways we can be portals or conduits of God’s loving spirit in the world. How can we help heaven meet earth?

 Reynold’s  suggestions made sense and as I thought about them more this week I realized what good role models our parents have been in making those things priorities in life. 

1. Create beauty with music, drama, writing, art, flowers, baking or other endeavors.

Mom and Dad in the flower garden of their country property

Mom and Dad in their flower garden 

My Mom playing the piano with her granddaughter

Dave's Mom quilting

Dave’s Mom quilting

My Mom baking bread with my school class

My Mom baking bread with my school class

2. Build relationships with family members, work colleagues, neighbors, friends and those in your faith community.

My Dad with his five sisters

My Dad with his five sisters

Dave's Mom and Dad on their wedding day.

Dave’s Mom and Dad on their wedding day.

My Mom with her life long friend Millie

My Mom with her life long friend Millie

Dave's Mom with her granddaughter

Dave’s Mom with her granddaughter

3. Promote peace and justice- Stand up for what is right and good and extend a helping hand to those who need it.

Dave's Dad working in a logging camp for conscientious objectors because his pacifist beliefs meant he refused military service in World War II

Dave’s Dad working in a logging camp for conscientious objectors because his pacifist beliefs caused him to refuse military service in World War II

My Mom and Dad with children from a refugee family from Sierra Leone they sponsored

My Mom and Dad with refugee children from  Sierra Leone  they sponsored to come to Canada

Dave's parents (on the right) who served as a pastors in a church congregation for decades

Dave’s parents (on right) who as pastors in a church congregation for decades cared for many people during crucial times of joy and sorrow in their lives

My parents grew wheat on their hobby farm to donate to the Food Grains Bank. This grain was sent to needy countries around the world.

My parents (left) grew wheat on their hobby farm to donate to the Canadian Food Grains Bank. This grain was sent to needy countries around the world.

Create beauty, build relationships, promote peace and justice.  Those are three good guidelines to chart our course in life.   My husband and I are fortunate to have had parents to provide valuable lessons in the implementation of those three priorities. Now we just need to try and follow their example. 

Other posts about sermons…….

What is Sin?

Is It Good To Be Lazy ? 

A Rhizomatic Sunday

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