The kingdom of heaven is at hand

For many, the concept of a heaven and hell can be frightening or uplifting, depending on whether we’re contemplating a fiery underworld where torment and pain are eternal, or a far-off golden land where all is peaceful.

As a preteen I thought a lot about heaven and hell. When I asked about it, one answer caught my attention: “You make your own heaven and your own hell depending on whether or not you allow God, divine Love, to guide and govern you.” I understood that God, as divine Love, was an all-embracing God who cared for His creation. And I wanted to feel God as Love more in my life. This answer certainly made me think and pray!

I had been struggling with fear of death and the concept of an afterworld. This concept seemed so dark to me, an oblivion, if you will. Later I would read Christ Jesus’ words as recorded by Matthew, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10:7). This gave me food for thought, and I spent many wakeful nights contemplating this biblical teaching. 

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