Hot and Muggy

I arrived in Florida to visit my brother and his wife yesterday, July 9, 2007. The first thing that greeted me was the hot and muggy weather. It was about 6:00 pm when I hit the outside of the Orlando airport. It was 91 degrees and about 96% humidity. The air was so thick it was difficult to breathe. Within minutes my shirt was soaked.

I don’t get back to the land of my youth and the city of my birth often, but when I do, I have a small routine that I go through. So this morning, I visited my parent’s graves to pay my respects. If not for them I would not be here. Not many steps away from their graves are the graves of my sister and brother, both my elders. Grave yards are sobering, but this small discipline brings me into touch with those who paved the way before me and allowed me the freedom to make my choice to follow in their footsteps of following Jesus.

I realize that standing there beside their graves that the body in which they live now which is not their resurrected body is just a difference of a thin vail that stands between them and me. Can they see me? Do they realize I am there? How close are they? I have no idea, but just across a thin curtain, they stand and wait. With that sobering thought, I hope it is many years down the line before I join them.

I often wonder what it is like on the other side of this life in life after death. Of course, we understand that we are not in a disembodied spirt free floating around “heaven” somewhere. We are alive, but not yet in our resurrected bodies. I wonder if what I have come to believe will be anywhere close to what really is there. Over the years I have heard folks suggest that they won’t really care what they believed while here because they will be basking with Jesus in some heavenly delight. I’m not sure I buy that notion, i.e., that it really didn’t matter what we believed.

Our belief gives rise to our actions. Or, another way of saying that is that the story we live in causes us to live in a certain way. In that way of thinking, I do believe that it is important what we believe now, because it does have consequences. We are going to leave behind a “scene of the play” from the story that we live in. What will that scene say? I believe refelctions like these are important.

Living now as if we are living then is what kingship living in his story is about.

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