Thoughts From The Heart On The Left | “Is this Heaven?”

Original Posting At https://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/is-this-heaven/

This will be on the “Back Page” of the Fishkill UMC bulletin for this coming Sunday, August 25, 2019 (the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, year C). Our services start at 10:15 am and you are always welcome.

For me, some of the most
iconic lines ever spoken in a baseball movie are, “Is this Heaven?  No . . . it’s Iowa.”  Iowa, as some of you know, is a major part of
my life.  But that a baseball game was
played in a field in northeast Iowa is not why I appreciate those lines.

Rather, it is that one can
find Heaven in unexpected places.  Heaven
has always been a special place, often defined by tradition.  But when you begin your ministry in the
foothills of the Rockies and the better part of my ministry has been in the Appalachian
and Adirondack mountains, you must have a new definition of Heaven.

We are at a time when many
would like to return traditional views; views of what Heaven is and, perhaps
more importantly, how we worship and who shall lead us in our worship.  The problem is that a traditional view does
not see beyond the walls of one’s mind and blinds us to the opportunities that
God lays before us.

God cannot be enclosed by a
fixed view of the world or the people who live here. 

God will reach out to all
those who seek Him; He will call upon anyone whom He feels can take His Word
out into His world.

In seeing Heaven in a field
in Iowa or the mountains and valleys of New York or the streets of New York
City or El Paso, Texas, we acknowledge his presence in our lives.  And this acknowledgement allows each one of
us to be more open to the call of God to take the Word out into the World.

~~Tony Mitchell


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