When something tastes good, feels good, looks good we might say it is "heavenly". A piece of French silk pie, snorkeling at Peanut Island, a sunrise over the ocean are all little pieces of heaven here on earth. We long for these moments. We keep eating to find that heavenly flavor, we keep traveling to find that piece of paradise, we keep looking for that prefect view and we keep seeking pleasure to find the feeling that takes us to heaven.
The moment of the greatest intersection between heaven and earth was the day that Jesus was born. Scripture tells us that the coming of Jesus into the world is just the beginning of the joining of heaven and earth. God's ultimate goal in Christ is that heaven and earth will be joined in a grand future for His people.
In the meantime we catch glimpses of the beauty, wholeness, love, shalom and wonder of the little pieces of heaven we experience even now on earth. Earth is in desperate need of transformation. We need healing for disease, cleansing from pollution, forgiveness for hatred, food for the hungry, peace to overcome war, and so much more! It will only come from heaven. Earth cannot heal itself. It is sustained and transformed by the God who reigns in heaven. He has established His rule on earth but there are still many pockets of rebellion.
The nativity reminds us that God is passionate about this blue planet and the creatures that inhabit it. He will not and has not left us without hope. Join us for our Christmas Eve services this Sunday at both 10 AM and 6 PM. They are completely different services so you can do both!
See you Sunday! The 6 pm service is a family service so kids will stay with their parents in the service. See you Sunday! -Kris