Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore all things, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. Acts 3:21
Political intrigue. Human trafficking. Addictions of all kinds. Mental illness. Murder and rape. Child molestation. Global warming. Hurricanes and tsunamis. Starvation and disease. Poncy schemes and bankruptcy. Paralysis and blindness. Miscarriages and abortions. Family separation and disintegration. Alzheimer’s and death itself.
Misery is no respecter of persons.
Is it possible that in the flash of a moment all things can be made new?
As I contemplate such a reality, my imagination can wander.
Is the promise of Jesus the sure promise of future vitality and flourishing?
The poor in spirit will inherit the kingdom of heaven.
The pure in heart will see God.
The God who is invisible, who is Spirit, whom no man can see and live- that perhaps tomorrow I may see Him, love him, and be in a world I cannot fully know or imagine now.
For what is the difference between these sketches of human misery and the restoration of all things?
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
I will hear that voice.
I will respond to that invitation.
I will be home.
Today I sit in my study. I reflect and I write. I indulge my curiosity and my imagination.
It is not prayer in the traditional way I normally think about prayer. But in the yearning for completion- in my yearning for home, for the restoration of all things, I am one with the Father who will heal the brokenness of his world.
And I am changed deep within my psyche. And isn’t that what prayer’s purpose is, a coveting for more? A coveting for peace and joy and celebration? A hunger for heaven?
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