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Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday's morning devotion

John 17.3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (NRSV)

Devotion: Much has been said, written and contemplated, over the years, about heaven and hell. I long ago gave up thinking of these as physical places and came to the conclusion that they were, instead, spiritual ones. Heaven is to truly know God. To be one with God. Hell, on the other hand is not to know God, to be separated from God.

Some people consider these places as the “afterlife” and I believe that there is truth to this. I also think that they are part of the present life. “Pie in the sky, by and by” and the “here and now” are not necessarily separate and distinct things. They can be but they can also be part of a continuum. Not isolated but part of a growing, ongoing process.

We know God only through Jesus. Jesus has put a human face on God and has made it possible for us to truly know God through the work of the Holy Spirit. I believe that God has always desired this relationship and now it is finally, fully possible. The question that remains is whether or not we wish to bring it to fruition.

Prayer: Day by day, Oh Dear Lord, Three things I pray: To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly, Follow thee more nearly. Day by day. Amen


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