“Only those who fill their hearts and minds with heaven can want or even recognize its earthly counterpart. Only they can seek after it in a way that indulges neither utopian dreams nor despotic solutions. To be of real earthly good requires a certain fearlessness: a freedom from the fear of death, from the loss of property or status or title or comfort, from the threat of tyrants, the power of armies, the day of trouble.
“People fixated on earth generally do not have this deep taproot of courage and conviction . . . Like the tug and heft of an unseen planet hovering near, the hope of heaven is meant to exert a gravitational pull that gives our lives stability, substance, weight. Ironically, it alone has the power to give us in a sustained way the moral and spiritual ballast needed to keep our feet on the earth–to make us of much earthly good. It is a rumor of home in a place of exile, inspiring us to keep up the good work.
“It is Unseen Things that render the things we do see–both the beauty and the ugliness, the grandeur and the barrenness, never enough, and yet never too much.”
~Mark Buchanan in Things Unseen: Living in Light of Forever
Stilled in the Unseen,
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