A Glimpse Into (Eternal) Life

While doing the things of my life (routine and worthwhile tasks) I started thinking about Eternity in Heaven.  Eternity had no beginning and will have no end.  All of time is but a tiny nugget occurring within eternity.

What about my body? The Bible talks about resurrection of the body. What will mine be like?  What will it be like to never have to think about death anymore.  What will it be like to realize that a pleasant experience in Heaven’s Eternity will never end.  It just goes on and on and on…

I would like to talk to St. Paul and tell him how much his honesty in the letter he wrote to the Christians at Rome helped me see I could be a part of the Gospel blessing too.  He didn’t have his act together and neither did (or do) I. Also, it would be interesting to ask him how he was able to have so much passion for spreading the Gospel.  Then I would like to take some time, maybe a month (how would I know) to talk to St. Peter and tell him how helpful his letters were to my friends and me in the Tuesday night Bible study right now.

I won’t ever have to take a nap in the afternoon or sleep 8 hours after being up 16.

In a way I am starting to unplug from all the hoopla and hysteria of life right now.  I am Eternity Dreaming in Heaven.  This month I will be another year older, but so what.  The transfer to eternal life will come sooner.

And I will see God and…highway-of-life

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While I Pondered

A Simple Idea Multiplied in My Mind

By Waiting on the Lord I am:

  1. Surrendering-I give up my expectations and judgmentalism. I let go of the controls and turn the outcome over to the Lord.
  2. Trusting God-I admit that God is trustworthy. My trust brings me significantly closer
  3. Loving God-I express my complete and deep affection for God because I am traveling the channel of communication from my heart to God’s
  4. Disciplining myself-I curb my will which wants to do everything I can to please myself. I learn that I can get along without something, some person, or some experience. I am also learning patience.
  5. Feeling relaxed-A wonderful calm comes over me because the stress and worry is now gone.
  6. Finding strength-I acknowledge, pursue and discover strength far beyond my own.
  7. Finding freedom-I learn that any chains holding me to that person, place or thing is now severed.
  8. Finding grace-It comes in still, small voices, experiences, and outcomes. When I am quiet, I can see signs of God’s help.
  9. Finding peace-Connected to the feeling of relaxation, I let out a sigh of relief. All will be taken care of.
  10. Finding self-worth-I realize again I am loved by God.   This thought fills my mind and warms my heart.
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It’s a Test!

Rich Rockwood, Christian Author

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Do you remember dreading tests in school?  I was never fond of the cramming method and was always looking for the best way to take a test.   One fellow I met suggested having a drink beforehand because it helped him relax.   I don’t remember trying that, but the idea of going into a test in a relaxed state made sense.  My goal was always to stay on top of the material so I didn’t have to cram or stress when test day arrived.  I don’t think that ever happened.  And then there was immense feeling (sometimes) of relief after the test was finished.  If I thought I had done well, I was relieved.  If I didn’t know the answers or had to bluff my way through, I felt a bit lost and a whole lot of regret.

According to the dictionary a test is “a short written or…

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Imagine This

Rich Rockwood, Christian Author

It seems like I have always lived in this dark, smelly cell.

I cannot remember when this day began.  A memory of Passover with my men flickers for a few moments and puts itself out.

The door clangs open.  Two soldiers yank me off the floor and drag me to the Governor.  I see faces with open pits for mouths and hear a sound like the sea.  Distant and alone I stand before the crumbling pillars of justice.  A man’s voice says “I am innocent” but he is not speaking for me.  No one is, not even me.

I fall under the weight of the woody bulk.  For the first time, I see the busy “Skull.”   Whenever I stumble, I hear cheers slowly bouncing off the city walls.  A nightmare is invading these holy streets.

And now giant nails rip open my flesh and splatter my blood.  A throat burning…

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Holy/Maundy Thursday-New Covenant

A reminder for this day.

Rich Rockwood, Christian Author

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What is Happening:  We don’t know anything about what happens earlier in the day other than Jesus is focusing on the Passover Meal (start reading at Matthew 26:17).  At some point his disciples come to him and ask where he would like to eat the Passover Meal.  According to Wikipedia, the Passover Meal is:

“The Passover Seder (Hebrew: סֵדֶר‎ [ˈsedeʁ], “order, arrangement”; Yiddish: Seyder) … a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. It is conducted on the evenings of the 14th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, and on the 15th by traditionally observant Jews living outside Israel. This corresponds to late March or April in the Gregorian calendar.

The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient…

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A Second-Second Chance

Still true

Rich Rockwood, Christian Author

second chanceA Gust of Grace: blew through my life when I was in the US Army.  I was in during the height of the Vietnam War (1967-1970).  I had finished basic training at Fort Knox and the class ahead of me and the class behind me all were sent to Vietnam.  Then ten months later everyone in my class except another fellow and me were ordered there.  I had an office job, but my heart was heavy with concern that someday soon I would have to kill people.  This became my entire focus and so in August of 1969 I left my post and headed to Canada.  There were a lot of other young men also leaving because they had serious reservations about that war.  For me, however, the bottom line was fear.  I was afraid and so I drove north.

I contacted a man who was in the business of…

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Prayer: It’s Just Telling Him What’s Going On

A good reminder.

Rich Rockwood, Christian Author

The two men were desperate.  They couldn’t see, but they could hear.  A multitude was passing by.  Who are they?  What’s going on? Jesus is passing by.  Jesus of Nazareth…the healer.   They started screaming “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”

More sounds….commotion…people telling them to be quiet.

Suddenly, nothing…

“Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32 NRSV)

It’s him.  It’s really him. 

They quickly told him:  “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”

He did it.

I wonder if we would have spoken up or gone quiet.

Jesus stands still and asks us:  “what do you want me to do for you?”

Our answer is our prayer.

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