. . . behold, the kingdom of God is within you

“. . . behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21).”

There are some things we will never understand, and perhaps we are meant to be kept in the dark.

So, I sat in the chapel; celebrating the life of someone who was not a close friend, but he was a member of the same Marine Corps League as I. He was our Centennial Marine, a gentleman who will be missed by all. The minister reminded us that the dead are now the center of our thoughts because this dear person had died. I felt no sorrow.

This old Marine will forever live as a bright light in my heart, because I love him. I feel no sorrow because he is now in the place we will all be when this life ends; we will be in that place that we see with our hearts, the place of such awe that we can never explain it in our limited vocabularies.

As our Bible says, this is the place where peace is all round, the place where the lion lies next to the lamb. This is the place where physical and psychological pain ceases to exist because God’s Love consumes us all.

This place, this vision of awe, this vision of Love, is a gift of a good life; this gift is a vision of God’s eternity. And I will follow the advice of my dear departed friend: “to live a good life, life a plain life.” I remember Luke’s words and feel the kingdom which is in me.

©Russell Kendall Carter

 

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