“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.” ― Jack Kerouac
Words of Hope
I was recently diagnosed as having COVID-19, and though I feel lucky that my infection did not require hospitalization, I can say that it was one of the most severe illnesses I have ever had. More than once I pondered whether I would survive another day. Each night I would go to bed feeling like it might be my last day on earth.
It gave me time to think about my life and what would come after. Would it be Heaven? Would it be something else? Would it be nothing at all? I turned to reading to calm my anxieties and found that my pondering was not unique. Reading also allowed me to realize that no matter how much I worried about it, I had no control over my health with the exception of following my doctor’s suggestions.
I came across that quote by Jack Kerouac and realized he was saying essentially the same thing Jesus said in his great commandment, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
He also lets us know many times that it is up to us to do the work of bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth. He encourages us to do the work now, without worrying about what may come next. It is a wonderfully practical way to live and to make our world better for everyone.
May we continue to listen to the words of Jesus and let them guide us each day in our effort to bring the kingdom or heaven to earth. Amen.