Spirit to spirit

Pat, I was talking to God last night and your image (not your name) came up. You realize that we (and God) no longer use words to communicate? Prayer too often uses words and thoughts to communicate spiritually but words do not do the job. Spiritual communication involves feelings like when you feel the love in a beautiful melody or feel the meaning in a moving landscape. I’m not even sure God hears us when we speak, especially to Him. He faithfully holds true to His promise to be close to the broken-hearted (Psalm 34:18) and to love us unfailingly (2 Peter 3:9) but this doesn’t mean talking to us in words. The Holy Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” -Romans 8:26-27 Remember how as a deeply hurt child you went to your parent, and he/she comforted you by holding you tight? God is LOVE and He does the same – enveloping you in His LOVE! Yes, sensing your presence even though no words are spoken is communicating. Being with you within me and God is an extremely vivid, intense, and real experience “more real than physical life.” Yes, we still love and are God and us!

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The Resurrection of the body!

Christmas is all about God becoming man — Christ is both man and God. What does this mean? Most of us ordinary mortals don’t really feel like God and don’t behave like Christ did. Our life ends just like the animals around us. Only a few of us are lucky enough to feel God as One with us. Yet there is something there – some of us are sure our beloved departed lives on within us and in Heaven.

Then there is Christ’s resurrection and appearance first to Mary. The Gospels report that it did indeed happen. Okay he came back but was this an earthly body? Jesus tells Mary, “Touch Me not” (John 20:17, KJV); but then later, speaking to Thomas, He says, “Reach hither thy finger and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side” (verse 27). With Mary, Jesus adds that he has not yet been to the father. Does this mean his body is somehow unclean and toxic or is there another meaning? Or is he simply telling Mary “To cling to, to lay hold of” his teaching? That he asks Thomas to touch his wounds seem to imply the cling idea; Christ wants Mary to stand on her own and become a great teacher of his Words. Christ tells Mary of the ascension. His plan was to ascend to the Father and then send the Holy Spirit (John 16:720:22Acts 2:1-4). Fellowship with Jesus would continue, but it would be a spiritual communion, not a physical presence.

All this tells Christians that after death we are indeed recognizable, can be seen and touched by our loved ones, can carry on a conversation with them and like Christ will become fully one with the Father!  Yes Christians believe in the resurrection of the body. The Resurrection of the body in our creed means The belief that after death one’s departed soul will be restored, or resurrected, to a bodily life in heaven. The Gospels tell us Jesus performed miracles of raising the dead to life as symbols Yes in death, there is a separation of the soul from the body, the human body decays and the soul goes to meet God, while awaiting its reunion with its glorified body.

Note however it is not the same body – it has somehow been purified and made one with God. Yes after death we are One with our spouse and God and yes like Christ our loved one has gone to prepare  place for us in Heaven. And we are still united as One. Yes after death God transforms the body from an earthly state into conformity with the body of His glory. The Christian confession is not “I believe in going to heaven when I die,” but “I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” “For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life” (2 Cor. 5:4;).

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Death is no more there is only Love!

You have found your “One” when in your heart of heart you feel you have found she who you have desired all your life; yes the One you have desired all your life. At your first meeting there was a faint and uncertain inkling of something you were born desiring beneath the flux of all other desires and in all the momentary silences between louder passions – what you had been looking for and watching for. listening for all your life. Suddenly and purely by chance here is the One you are made for – the secret of your soul. the ‘while we are this is’ that had been missing, lost and now is found. Here is true love, quiet love. If we are so much One with our spouse before death, how much more should we be so after death? Death, is not the end of life, it is merely the end of school; we go home to God! Death is the beginning of our really knowing and being fully One with each other and God forever. God and us! God is LOVE! If we are One before death ; how much more so must we be after death. She, like Christ, has gone to prepare a place for us after our death! Love is full grown only when it is remembered. Remembering is part of the love. We remember all our days but best when we lie down to die. Rejoining our spouse in heaven as One, that is real love because God is Love! In Heaven our individuality is no longer a mystery to each other. We are saved as One blessed and fortunate creature! At Death the term is over and the summer of your life together has begun, the beginning of the real story; life in the World to come. Blessed and fortunate , your eyes shall see and behold God and each other as One. “See the home of God is among mortals’ He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more; for the first things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4.

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The Bible is a Library!

The Bible is not one book nor is it history in the modern sense. The Bible contains works of poetry, myth, religious-themed narratives, philosophical musings such as The Book of Ecclesiastes, letters, and the apocalyptic masterpiece known as The Book of Revelation. The common thread in all these collected works is the existence of an all-powerful deity who is the creator of the universe and has an interest in the personal lives and final fate of human beings. The bible contains both myth and history. Myth is a narrative of origins, taking place in a primordial time, a time other than that of everyday reality. Mythology is based on superstitions and legends; history is a narrative of actual events, of everyday reality [in the Bible generally writen by the Jews who lived it.]

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Patricia and I, One forever!

I believe death is not a loss, because as a Christian I believe in eternal life. Both Judaism and Christianity share common resurrection beliefs according to their authoritative Scriptures. While in Judaism resurrection refers to the Jewish individual in particular and to the humanity in general, Christianity is founded upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ through whom and with whom Christians will be risen to the life everlasting to join the Heavenly Company of Saints. The Christian faith is based upon the resurrection of Jesus (Christ died to redeem us from sin). The union between a husband and wife is very different from mere sexual union, because marriage, according to Christianity, is a lifelong bond between two people. God designed a man and a woman to be a “single organism,” like a violin and bow are one instrument, or a lock and key are one mechanism. Two becoming one in marriage involves uniting two whole and separate people into a new, God-designed and God-purposed life. The two shall become one flesh clause expresses the original purpose of marriage: to seal a permanent forever relationship between a husband and wife. Jesus spoke of this union in a conversation with the Pharisees about divorce: “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” Of course, oneness in marriage reaches far beyond the physical level. The original Hebrew word translated as “flesh” refers to much more than a person’s physical or sexual composition. It relates to the whole human existence. The biblical view of “one flesh” communicates a unity that covers every facet of a couple’s joint lives as husband and wife. In marriage, two whole lives unite together as one emotionally, intellectually, financially, spiritually, and in every other way. The “two shall become one” in purpose. They are so close that they function like one person, balancing each other’s strengths and weaknesses so that together they can fulfill their God-given calling. It is not a matter of us, Pat and I, coming together again, it is a matter of having been joined together as One forever. We are still together as God and us. It is just that it is hard when she is all spirit and I am still partly physical body. I don’t yet know how to communicate with Pat soul to soul except through meditation and dreams. I am united with Pat in spirit forever!

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We do see our Beloved Departed face to face!

As if to prove what I wrote yesterday was incorrect, I had a dream last night where I SAW Pat face to face and she was very real.

I borrow from C.S. Lewis “The Great Divorce” to describe Pat in that dream [oh it was Pat alright and not some unknown Lady and she was clothed!]

“…a lady in whose honour all this was being done. I cannot now remember whether she was naked or clothed. If she were naked, then it must have been the almost visible penumbra of her courtesy and joy which produces in my memory the illusion of a great and shining train that followed her across the happy grass. If she were clothed, then the illusion of nakedness is doubtless due to the clarity with which her innermost spirit shone through the clothes. For clothes in that country are not a disguise: the spiritual body lives along each thread and turns them into living organs. A robe or a crown is there as much one of the wearer’s features as a lip or an eye. But I have forgotten. And only partly do I remember the unbearable beauty of her face. ‘Is it? … is it?’ I whispered to my guide. ‘Not at all,’ said he. ‘It’s someone ye’ll never have heard of…”

We were hosting a reception for newcomers at a hall on the campus of the University of Waterloo. But the reception is not what the dream was about. It was about me seeing my beloved Patricia face to face in heaven! Yes, I have seen Patricia and felt her presence, all be it in a dream, and I still live.

I conclude with the words of Lewis’ Lady:

“‘What needs could I have,’ she said, ‘now that I have all? I am full now, not empty. I am in Love Himself , not lonely. Strong, not weak. You shall be the same. Come and see. We shall have no need for one another now: we can begin to live truly.’ ”

She will meet me when I get off that bus to Heaven and we shall be together as God and Us!

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Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

I know when you meditate you communicate with God. Yet I wonder if we have the senses to actutually “see” God? The Bible says “No man can see Me and live!” Yet Matthew 5:8 says “”Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall [future tense] see God.” We may have to wait until we arrive in Heaven. Makes me wonder if I have the senses to actually see my beloved departed Patricia here and now, face to face. I now realize that my most common experiences of Patricia have been feeling her presence, a gentle kiss and a whispered “I Love you!” —a gentle sense that she is nearby or within me like my “self” that does the seeing and thinking. I feel her presence therefore she is presence within! ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy’

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In the beginning

Some say that given the vastness, the beyond infinity of the universe there must be other intelligence somewhere else besides earth. Then they add, if this is so statistically, why have we not detected such life? The answer, my friend, is that we have, and it is right here all about us. What is it that the founders of our great religions and our philosophers are talking about if not intelligence that is communicating with us from beyond here and now? Intelligence exists through out the universe in the relationships binding matter together and in the laws of physics. Jews, Christians and Muslims call that intelligence God, Hindus Ishta Devata, Buddhists call their divine beings devas. Who is to say elsewhere in the universe other intelligent life have not found the same underlying intelligence and are more interested in communicating with it than with us? We are a young life form on a young planet circling a young small star. Older civilizations may be more interested in seeking God than in seeking us. It is our vanity and our ‘science’ that holds us back from enlightenment and true knowledge.

“Asking what came before the Big Bang is meaningless, according to the no-boundary proposal, because there is no notion of time available to refer to,” Hawking said in a lecture at the Pontifical Academy in 2016, a year and a half before his death. “It would be like asking what lies south of the South Pole.” Sounds to me that Hawking is saying there was no beginning. I am not a physicist but in a paper by Turok, Job Feldbrugge of the Perimeter Institute, and Jean-Luc Lehners of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics wrote: “We discovered that it just failed miserably,” Turok said. “It was just not possible quantum mechanically for a universe to start in the way they imagined.” The trio checked their math and queried their underlying assumptions before going public, but “unfortunately,” Turok said, “it just seemed to be inescapable that the Hartle-Hawking proposal was a disaster.” If our Perimeter Institute says this who am I to argue. I accept the Bible’s “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. [2] And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

I also accept that We did not evolve from other lower forms of life. We were created directly by God to represent Him on the earth and have dominion over every other creation in His name). And Proverbs 8:22-30: “The LORD created me as the beginning of his works, before his deeds of long ago. From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before the world existed. When there were no deep oceans I was born, when there were no springs overflowing with water; before the mountains were set in place – before the hills – I was born, before he made the earth and its fields, or the beginning of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there; when he marked out the horizon over the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above, when the fountains of the deep grew strong, when he gave the sea his decree that the waters should not pass over his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him as a master craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, rejoicing before him at all times, rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, and delighting in its people.”

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The Resurrection, thoughts on.

The Resurrection of Christ, is the central doctrine of Christianity. It is what Christianity is all about — the belief that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead on the third day after his Crucifixion and that through his conquering of death all believers will subsequently share in his victory. To be a Christian you must die and be reborn. Think about that — you must die! Dispossession is not enough! “Therefore, I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” [Matthew 6:25, KJV]You have to die to be reborn! That is what the Gospel of John is calling on us to do. That is more – much, much more than dispossession and displacing ourselves socially, giving up your possessions, becoming a hermit. It is actually giving up your life. To actually die to this world’s consumerism and the pursuit wealth. It is becoming One with God and listening to that voice within you – the spirit sent by Christ, the third person of the Trinity. It is to be reborn. Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” [John 3:3] It is to be reborn into the spiritual union of the members of the Christian Church, living and the dead. Being One with God is Perfect freedom – Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but the ability to do what we ought. · Without Christ, we are slaves to sin, unable to do what is right. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” [Romans 8:2]

“ASHAMED OF DEATH :The world, knowing how all our real investments are beyond the grave, might expect us to be less concerned than other people who go in for what is called Higher Thought and tell us that “death doesn’t matter;” but we “are not high- minded,” and we follow One who stood and wept at the grave of Lazarus – not surely, because He was grieved that Mary and Martha wept, and sorrowed for their lack of faith (though some thus interpret) but because death, the punishment of sin, is even more horrible in his eyes than in ours. The nature which He had created as God the nature which He had assumed as man, lay there before Him in its ignominy; a foul smell, food for worms. Though He was to revive it a moment later, He wept at the shame; if I may here quote a writer of my own communion, “I am not so much afraid of death as ashamed of it.” And that brings us again to the paradox. Of all men, we hope most of death; yet nothing will reconcile us to – well, its unnaturalness. We know that we were not made for it; we know how it crept into our destiny ais an intruder; and we know Who has defeated it. Because Our Lord is risen, we know that on one level it is an enemy already risen armed; but because we know that the natural level also is God’s creation, we cannot cease to fight against the death which mars it, as against all those other blemishes upon it, against pain and poverty, barbarism and ignorance. Because we love something else more than this world better than those who know no other. ” — From “Some Thoughts,” God in the Dock –C.S. Lewis

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Soul to soul with Love!

Communication soul to soul has been much on my mind since my beloved Patricia Bow died. I have aways believed it is possible. I believe what makes a married couple one is the ability to transmit directly words, emotions, or images to each other’s mind. When Pat was alive there definitely were times we seemed to communicate mind to mind. Now days I believe she and I communicate in my dreams. Last night (I have been thinking about this all day) in my dreams I was surprised by a very strong mental connection with Pat. It was not our usual quiet way of communicating when she was alive. It was like a bolt of lighting – strong and intense and powerful, like first love itself but. more powerful and kind of frightening as if a lot more powerful Pat was actually in my presence bludgeoning me with her presence. We were dancing to the rhythms of our deepest selves. Yes I was all shook up! And yes we were ‘God and Us!’ We were chai – alive and living – one with each other!

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