What a singular, beautiful gift our lives can become. From thoughtful, loving moments we gain wisdom, insight into the mysteries of life, compassion for others, and logic to resolve life’s confusion – which can calm our demeanor and provide a reassuring way. Such moments can be yours this day.
Allow me to share one treasured time of enlightenment with you. I have thought very long and intently about something Jesus conveyed to his following when he said, “Heaven is within you”. I have truly questioned and reflected upon this astonishing introspection and for over many years.
But only when discussing this profound and seemingly simplistic statement with others, did I find an opening into this mysterious insight. I worked with a wonderful friend, Ben Stricklin, pastor of Sand Flat Baptist Church, who passed away Sept. 10, 2009, who always ministered to those around him and constantly helped others with encouragement and wisdom, and almost always one person at a time. I noticed this over several years. And he patiently (and I required much patience) and with great calm and dignity, helped me. Read More Here
One day we were discussing this beloved quote from Jesus, “The kingdom of heaven is within you.” (Luke 17:21) There came a time when I desperately wanted to know what Jesus truly meant – what was he conveying to us – what could this profound statement really mean – “Heaven is within you”.
Without hesitation, in the deep of one evening, this dear friend of mine looked deeply into my eyes and my soul and asked, “Do you know how you feel whenever you truly help someone in need? You feel good inside, don’t you? “Yes”, I replied. Then he paused a long time and with a voice as calm and compassionate as I have ever encountered and very softly said, “Well, try doing some good for others all day long and see if you don’t agree with Jesus, at the end of the day. Bill, see if you feel like a little piece of Heaven doesn’t reside in your heart.”
Ben was so right. I found that Heaven is within you. God blesses each of us with a few moments of Joy in our hearts, as we give of ourselves to others. And I truly believe that in this moment, when we share our joy and our love, Heaven is within you. Your life radiates inner joy and a graceful peace, when it is abundantly shared with others.
I have discovered that even unbearable loss can bring us awakening. And I now believe that to open our hearts, we must embrace countless moments of joy and unbearable sorrow. Without sorrow, the heart is hollow.
I now know that love, in the here and now, can find hope for a new tomorrow. Our life is as fleeting as a rainbow. And this precious moment truly is the only time and here the only space.
My prayer for you is to be happy in this precious moment.
Joy is not something we can strive for. It is already here. We are truly blessed and born with it. We never lose it. It is always with us. A smile, a memory, a thoughtful moment and it is here. A loving deed done for someone else, and you are there.
Sharing your joy is love. People touched by you in joy are never the same anymore. You can became a source of salvation for others, and in the process, save yourself. The flame of your life can light the pathway for others and they will never be the same again.
There comes a moment when love, for all those around you, is like the breathing of your own soul. Your whole being can be transformed into love. You awake and suddenly discover, you are love. And your love becomes tangible and eternal. Live in love, and share that love with those afflicted, who know not the joy of living in love. For there lies one of the truly deep meanings of our lives.
There is a deeper reason why life need not suffer to be without love. One day, I patiently studied the breathtaking beauty of but a single wild flower. And as my mind turned to reflect upon the beautiful gifts of life and love, it became clear to me, that God showed us the way. Now, we need but follow.
The idea that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us is not only beautiful, it is powerful. Jesus points the way to hidden dimensions, not simply the generally accepted idea of Heaven. He speaks of a completely different inner reality. Perhaps, the consciousness hidden in our hearts upholds all intelligence in the universe. It is deeply personal and serves to bridge us to the sacred.
The Kingdom of Heaven lives inside us, if we let ourselves embrace it! The love of God lives inside of us, even though many of us are never in touch with it. Yes, we can connect with the collective unconscious, which emanates from the Source of our being. And in so doing, we are touching a spiritual power much greater than ourselves.
Interestingly, a translation of a third century papyrus fragment, discovered in 1903 at Oxyrhynchus, Egypt gives us cause for reflection:
. . . and the kingdom of Heaven is within you
and whosoever shall know himself shall find it. Strive therefore to know yourselves and ye shall be aware
that ye are the sons of the Almighty Father; and ye shall know
that ye are in the city of God and ye are the city.
For Friday Feb. 21, 2014
We will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111. At approximately 10:45 a.m. we will travel to Greenwood’s German Restaurant, 3522 Bluebonnet Circle, – 817.921.6777 to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, we will caravan to Flight Deck located a half mile west of Ridgmar Mall, at the Cherry Lane exit off I-30, at 7751 Scott St. in Fort Worth, to enjoy jumping and acting, otherwise, a little abnormal.
PICK UP will be at FLIGHT DECK at 2:30 p.m.
“It is the weak who are cruel.
Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.”
– Leo Rosten
DESTINATIONS: FLIGHT DECK is where massive FUN and fitness take flight! It integrates rebounding (trampoline jumping) along with strength and flexibility training. Reconnect with your inner child and burn up to 1,000 calories in an intense 50 minutes or less. Flight Deck features a mix of aerobics, core strengthening, coordination & flexibility exercises.
Greenwood’s Restaurant offers a cosmopolitan dining experience featuring “the real deal” German specialties prepared by a master chef with over thirty years of experience. Find out why hard-nosed Fort Worth Weekly’s “Chow Baby” food critic claimed Greenwood’s “induced gustatory sensations that transcend tasty”. Emergency Telephone: 682-777-1908
If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please call if you will be late.
Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, restaurant or take flight from the flight deck without the approval of Dr. A. He has been known to fake a heart attack if you are missing and it is, well, all a little too melodramatic for Mrs. A.
FINANCIAL: The cost for Flight Deck is approximately $11.00 for our one hour – please pay at the Flight Deck. And please provide funds for a good book and for lunch. Refreshments: Yes!
Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required.
PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are invited to participate on our trips.
Feb. 1 Tuition Deposits were Due for 2014-15
Mar. 10-14 Spring Break Holidays
Mar. 21 Texas Indian Market and Southwest Showcase (Arlington)
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“Only when one loves his neighbor, only then is the selfishness of preferential love rooted out and the equality of the eternal preserved.” – Leo Buscaglia