Eastertide – Strong enough to exult in monotony : entering the Kingdom of Heaven

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“But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and its works will be laid bare. 11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to conduct yourselves in holiness and godliness 12as you anticipate and hasten the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will be destroyed by fire and the elements will melt in the heat.…” ( 2 Peter 3: 11)

“Jesus invited a little child to stand among them. 3“Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.…” (Matthew 18:3)

Eastertide Prayer: My resurrected Lord, my hope is in You!  Alleluia, You are alive and You have conquered all sin, all death, all evil.  You bring forth new life to all who turn to You in their need.  My Jesus, I do turn to You and abandon myself to You in Your death so that I may rise with You in Your Resurrection to new life.  Breathe into me this gift of new life and allow me to begin anew.  Jesus, I trust in You.

New life!  Lasting peace!  If only everyone understood what that looked like.  There would be peace if everyone understood the point Jesus was making about little children, what God is going to do to the world and what heaven is really like.

The whole corrupt world is going to be destroyed – its greed, its lusts, its competition, its excesses. All of it. Both sides in our current political divide have much to repent of in this regard.  But at the same time, there is some remnant of God’s thinking still manifest in the one side when it comes to God’s view of sexual morality, whether all practice it, individually or not.

Be that as it may, neither side should be desiring to have the excesses of this world and robbing each other to get them. Heaven is for children. Children who trust their heavenly Father, children who want the same wonderful things from *His* created paradise the next day and the next day and the next *without change*. Children want things done again and again, the same games played, the same stories told because they are never tired of them and never bored. As Chesterton so keenly and simply observed: Children *exult* in monotony. The sun is brand new each day and so is the moon and all the daisies of the field to their spirit. They don’t need inventions and industrializations nor competition to keep them satisfied. And this is what Jesus is wanting us to remember and become like again.

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

― G. K. Chesterton, The Ethics of Elfland, Orthodoxy, 1908

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