"Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth." Colossians 3:2 NLT
"The heavens declare the glory of God..." Psalm 19:1a
It is so easy to become consumed with life on earth. To think of heaven and regions beyond sometimes seems frivolous or at least impractical. Yet it is the sunshine and the starry night sky that inspires. They are forever telling us there is Something or Someone beyond us. I have been home bound this week, mostly by choice and the heat of summer. So I have had time to read and reflect more on heavenly thoughts.
God is so creative and uses words and images to draw us to himself. He even uses headaches. I have been fighting one all week. And today I was really lamenting my demise, when the thought popped into my mind: "If I didn't have this headache, I probably would be out and about instead of reading and praying." Even though it was hard to concentrate, I still was drawn to different books sitting around the house. I would read a bit, sometimes pray for people the readings brought to mind. I still wish the headache would go away, but I also know that God heard my prayers today.
One book I was drawn back to was "The Divine Hours". It has a format of prayers and readings from the Bible that repeat during different hours during the day. It was comforting to read through those and allow the familiar phrases flow through my mind and to penetrate my heart.
I leave you with a portion of "The Prayer Appointed for the Day":
"O Lord, You have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift which is love..."