green, redbuds, dogwoods in bloom -- changing from delicate pink to gleaming white -- floating like clouds in the backdrop
of the Blue Ridge and Appalachia – these are the visible worlds that enchant me once more in magical springtime. Believers know that we live in two worlds at once – one world visible, the other
world invisible, populated with neutrons and protons, angels and archangels. What
is it like to live in two worlds at once? Recovering from his addiction to drugs
and homelessness, the poet Francis Thompson, discovers the post-resurrected Jesus visible at Charing Cross and walking on
world invisible, we view thee,
world intangible, we touch thee,
world unknowable, we know thee,
we clutch thee!
Does the fish soar to find the ocean,
eagle plunge to find the air—
we ask of the stars in motion
they have rumor of thee there?
where the wheeling systems darken,
our benumbed conceiving soars!—
drift of pinions, would we hearken,
at our own clay-shuttered doors.
angels keep their ancient places—
but a stone and start a wing!
ye, ’tis your estrangéd faces,
miss the many-splendored thing.
(when so sad thou canst not sadder)
upon thy so sore loss
shine the traffic of Jacob’s ladder
betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross.
in the night, my Soul, my daughter,
Heaven by the hems;
lo, Christ walking on the water,
Not of Genesareth, but Thames!
The Kingdom of God --“IN
NO STRANGE LAND”
Having the ability to live in two worlds at once was a topic
the Apostle Peter took up in his two little letters penned to the saints scattered throughout the Roman Empire. How desperately
they needed the words he wrote to them. And how desperately the whole world needs his carefully crafted words of encouragement
today! Confirming his own biography of having lived with Jesus, watched His life in closest proximity, his betrayal and denial
of his Savior, and in threefold measure forgiven, Peter tells us that despite his personal experience with the supernatural
love of Jesus, something of infinitely greater value are the Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah. [“ We have also a most sure word of the Prophets, to the which ye do well that ye take heed, as
unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the day star arise in your heart.” 2 Peter 1:19]
Why? Peter Stoner in his book, Sacred Science, counted 333 times where the Bible accurately pinpoints how
Jesus alone would fulfill those prophecies.
In a lecture at Yale, Fred Craddock made
this profound statement: “A person who cannot remember farther back
than his own birth lives in too small a world.” Peter tells us in
his letters that this old faith gives us a larger imagination, a larger world in which to live and rejoice. Elected and adopted into God’s own family, brothers and sisters of Jesus, our memories are stretched
to a time before the world was created when we were in the mind of God. Our view
of the world includes things invisible -- a ladder, like Jacob’s, with angels descending to earth and ascending to heaven. Our perception of life expands to know we are supremely loved, supernaturally given
a measure of His power to combat the satanic forces that would rob us of our joy and purpose for living. Our Father is King and we are royalty! We absorb these thoughts in our hearts with deeply felt and immense
Thanksgiving as we recall the words of Jesus: “Because I live, you also
will live.” Truly live now…and eternally. Said
the apostle Paul “Rejoice evermore!”