“Heaven, in the Bible, is not a future destiny but the other, hidden, dimension of our ordinary life.” – N. T. Wright: Surprised By Hope
This place, these people, this time, this life is the holy ground where everything unfolds,…if we have the eyes to see it. The peace and happiness we seek is already present, even while much remains to be done. Like a sculptor with a block of stone, or a painter with a blank canvas, we need to develop the eyes of the heart to see what is already here and waiting to come into being.
“Heaven enough for me would be this world as I know it, but redeemed of our abuse of it and one another.” – Wendell Berry: Sabbath Poems
There will always be imperfection and incompleteness in the now-and-not-yet of life in process. There will also always be the presence of the eternal in time, and the sacred in the ordinary. We do not have to wait for what is already present,…but we do have to awaken the eyes of the heart.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” – Genesis 1:31
Despite all the suffering, the very-goodness of things as they are (the now-and-not-yet of life in process) is already present here and now. The very-goodness of life as God created it shines through every moment, even in times of darkness. The eyes of the heart can see this clearly.
“The Kingdom of God is spread out upon the earth and people do not see it.” – The Gospel of Thomas
Prayer: Help me to awaken the eyes of my heart, to see the now-and-not-yet in the very-goodness of now. Give me the hope, courage, and love necessary for what remains to be done.
Love is free. Hate costs everything.