****Friends,forgive the early post. I have VBS tomorrow bright and early, and I wanted to get this up before tomorrow afternoon!****
In the tradition in which I was raised, there was a lot of talk about heaven. There was lots of speculation about what heaven would be like, too. Streets of gold, a mansion, a jewel crusted crown--these were all things I was taught were waiting for me when I reached my Reward. Earthly life was just the appetizer; eternity in heaven was the banquet.
This belief got me through some hard times growing up.
Trouble is, I stopped seeing the Christian life that way. I stopped seeing earthly existence as a way-station for the journey to the Real Thing. It's not that I don't believe in an afterlife, but I don't buy the argument that this life, here on earth is not "real" (as in important), too.
During a Bible study series I taught this spring, I was surprised when most of my students stated that they do not believe in any afterlife of any kind. The prevailing belief is that once we're dead, we're done.
I've been looking at the Hebrews text for the week, specifically the part about how the pillars of the faith died with their promises unfulfilled, not looking back but looking forward, desiring a better country--a heavenly one.
I'm pondering this week the Christian life: way station for something better, or an opportunity to create heaven on earth? What does this have to say about how we are Church together?
What are you pondering this week?