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Faith for Lent

March 17, 2017
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I’ve almost given up Lent for Lent, this year.  I can’t even locate my Bible or Prayer Book!  They’re packed in a box, someone in the storage building.  And – I seriously looked for them, today. This amazing headline caught my attention:  “You Go to Heaven When You Are Born“.  It was an interview with legendary astronaut Jim Lovell.

“…”You have to remember we brought back a picture of Earth as it is 240,000 miles (386,242 km) away. And the fact is, it gives you a different perspective of Earth when you see it as three-dimensional between the sun and the moon, and you begin to realise how small and how significant the body is,” he said.

“When I put my thumb up to the window I could completely hide it, and then I realised that behind my thumb that I’m hiding this Earth, and there are about 6 billion people that are all striving to live there.”

Lovell said this moment was a seed being planted, and one that would germinate into full blossom once he was back on Earth.

“You have to really kind of think about our own existence here in the Universe. You realise that people often say, ‘I hope to go to heaven when I die,'” he said.

“In reality, if you think about it, you go to heaven when you’re born.”

By this Lovell meant the remarkable situation we find ourselves in: floating on a cosy rock that is drifting through the seemingly endless void of space…”

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Then there was something else that caught my attention. Jc Johnson is a cryptozologist who is known as America’s Indiana Jones.  His entire life is an adventure.  Like many in the field, a shockingly large number, he is a devout Christian.  He provided a link to the testimony of Jane Rodriguez.  It is quite a remarkable story, well worth reading.  Honestly, Jc goes into such strange situations, I think the only way he makes it out in one piece is via prayer.

There are so many nasty things going on today, it is refreshing and uplifting to realize God is indeed in His heaven.

 

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