Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

The Glory of Heaven…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on September 26, 2011

Purple daisies make everything bright... =-)

Updated: 9/26/2011  The powers that be thought they had the best of me, BUT God has proven conversely.  Upon the opening of this page, I opened it in rage, made that I had not the time to write a new kind.  Instead He showed me the value of the piece by the number of visitors, if you please.  And upon rereading the lot, I have discovered they match the fellow’s plot.  What, you ask, is this rhyme to entail?  Mainly to remind us, GOD NEVER FAILS.  In trouble we are by our own sins.  The pruning of God’s church now begins.  Yet FEAR NOT He says to thee, “For I AM in charge of all to be.”  Concentrate then on what you are called to do, for the harvest is not for the few, but the many whom God calls, which includes YOU.  Rejoice, dear friend, for our salvation is at hand.

Just recently I learned that a friend of mine, that I had not seen since May, passed away from cancer.  She never shared with any of us that knew her the cancer had returned.  We had all thought she was cancer free.

It was upon reflection of the news that I came to realize how blessed she truly IS and how blessed we all are for knowing her. Through her suffering with cancer she, I am quite certain, obtained for herself and for others the graces necessary for the fulfillment of salvation – that is a life in heaven with Christ.  

When I read this Sunday’s readings, I felt confirmation that she had indeed obtained eternal life through her suffering and her subsequent death, but especially as she lived her life in service to others according to God’s Holy Will for her.

In the Second Reading for this Sunday, St. Paul writes…

I shall not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 

If it is to be life in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.  Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.  I am hard pressed between the two.

My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.

And with that I am so jealous because my friend has the privilege of returning home.  Not only is she with Christ and all of heaven, but she is also reunited with her parents, who proceeded her.  As I lamented my own situation- just a bit – St. Paul reminded me…

But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. ~ Phil 1: 20c – 24 (emphasis added)

God has not yet completed His plan for me.  So, though I am jealous and very happy for my friend now that she is home and enjoying the benefits of heaven, I am also aware of the tasks God has for me to fill as a laborer in His vineyard.  Which is why, when I read Sunday, Evening Prayer I, week I, the psalms became my cry to God as I continue in this valley of tears.

Like burning incense, Lord, let my prayer rise up to You.

I have called to You, Lord; hasten to help me!  Hear my voice when I cry to you. Let my prayer arise before You like incense, the raising of my hands like an evening oblation.

Set, O Lord, a guard over my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips!  Do not turn my heart to things that are wrong, to evil deeds with men who are sinners.

Never allow me to share in their feasting.  if a good man strikes or reproves me it is kindness; but let the oil of the wicked not anoint my head.  Let my prayer be ever against their malice.

…To You, Lord God, my eyes are turned: in You I take refuge; spare my soul!  From the trap they have laid for me keep me safe:  keep me from the snares of those who do evil.

Glory be to the Father…

Like burning incense, Lord, let my prayer rise up to You.

If that wasn’t enough encouragement, God gave me even more…

You are my refuge, Lord; You are all that I desire in life.

With all my voice I cry to the Lord, with all my voice I entreat the Lord.  I pour out my troubles before Him; I tell Him all my distress while my spirit faints within me.  But You, O Lord, know my path.

On the way where I shall walk they have hidden a snare to entrap me.  Look on my right and see:  there is not one who takes my part.  I have no means of escape, not one who cares for my soul.

I cry to You, O Lord.  I have said: “You are my refuge, all I have left in the land of the living.” Listen then to my cry for I am in the depths of distress.

Rescue me from those who pursue me for they are stronger than I.  Bring my soul out of this prison and then I shall praise Your name.  Around me the just will assemble because of Your goodness to me.

Glory be to the Father…

You are my refuge, Lord;  You are all that I desire in life.

The fundamental call to embrace the work God has for those of us still on this earth didn’t stop there.  The prophet Isaiah also had something to say on that subject…

Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near; 

let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that He may have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.  For as heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. ~Isaiah 55: 6-9

So when Jesus comes along and calls workers into His Father’s vineyard, who are we to sit idly by and make excuses?  

For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard…

And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle…”You, go into the vineyard too…”

Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same.  And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing; and he said to them…”You go into the vineyard too.”

We don’t all have the same talents, we’re not all called to the same tasks, but we are all called to be witnesses of Christ by living the will of God in whatever capacity He has called us to.  And in doing so we will receive the promised wage

And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’

For all will receive the promised wage of eternal life who answer God’s call to enter into the vineyard whether they do so at once or at last.  Blessed are those who answer His call and blessed are those who hear the voices and observe those working diligently in the vineyard.  May they decide to join us. Or as an insert in my church’s bulletin put it…

We don’t have to be preaching the Gospel from our work cubicle or in the grocery store aisle.  But HOW WE ACT on the factory floor, in the store parking lot, at our child’s soccer game, or in the classroom CAN REVEAL what kind of worker in the vineyard we are.  God need us NOW to work hard at being examples of the Christian life (emphasis added).

God’s many blessings upon you, Amy!  Please pray for us still here on earth working in this valley of tears, and say ‘hi’ from me to our patron saint, Francis of Assisi… I ‘m sure your example touched many lives, including my own. =-)

In Loving Memory of Amy Dinsmore:

1967 - 2011

Pray for us, Amy!


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