Advent 2022: Heaven And Earth
December 19, 2022 Creekwood United Methodist Church

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Heaven And Earth

For those new to Creekwood, each Advent we invite a mixture of staff and laity of all ages to bless us with their devotional thoughts to a specific question. You’ll notice we are starting at “Day 2” because Day 1 was Sunday, and the message can be experienced in worship (in person and online). I hope these devotionals bless you each day, and help you envision the presence of Christ fully into your life.

The question this year:

“What do you think of when you hear the expression ‘Kingdom of God'”

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When I think about the Kingdom of God I think about the beauty of the earth, the holy spirit within us, God’s love for all of us, and ultimately the indescribable, unimaginable place we call Heaven.

Here on earth, I see the Kingdom of God through the Holy Spirit working within us, in our church and community, in the love families and friends share with each other, and through the unconditional love of a child.  The Kingdom of God is within us, it has no physical space or boundaries, it is within our hearts doing God’s work.   God also directs us to be good stewards of our earthly kingdom, to take loving care of the environment and all of God’s creation for future generations.

Like the song says, “I can only imagine” what the Kingdom of God in heaven will be like. When loved ones have passed, I often think, now they know.  They know the splendor, beauty, and love that is promised to all of us, where we will live in peace for eternity and where God will reign in His kingdom forever and ever. Amen.

Nancy Whitehead

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