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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Heartbreak of Heaven

By Micky Wolf
Throughout the spring and early summer, much of the central and eastern areas of the United States have been on the receiving end of record-breaking storms. The result? Rivers of mud, piles of busted trees, miles of broken utility wires, and countless homes and families turned upside down amid the destruction.

When I was a child, someone told me rain is the tears angels make when they weep.

And then there's the western part of our country, continuing to bake in wave upon wave of blistering, unrelenting, heat. The result? Acres of burned forest, miles of barren landscape, people struggling to eke a living from the earth that once provided a bounty of fruits and vegetables for the rest of us.

They didn’t tell me what it meant to the angels when the ground became so hot and dry the town square would resemble the desert, minus an oasis.

Some people believe there’s a Divine association between the weather extremes and the present state of our nation. Are we being subjected to flood and fire, as a precursor of beginning of the end of some kind of Cosmic Judgment?

One thing seems to be certain. The time when one could stand by in the shadows, or observe from a distance, uninvolved or unnoticed, is rapidly disappearing.

It might be tempting to believe we can try to run and hide from personally taking responsibility for our choices and actions. Considering how well that worked for Adam and Eve, not sure that’s the answer.

Of course, the present reality to believe that story to have any basis in Divine truth is optional.

Back in the day, one guy had a revelation it might very wise to build a very large boat. Although, given the present reality, believing that story to have any basis in Truth, Divine or otherwise, seems optional as well.

As a youngster, there was something very comforting in believing the angels cried with me when I was hurting or my world had been turned upside down. Being a grownup makes it a little harder to hold to that idea.

On the other hand, I didn’t have to live too long to know heartbreak is for real. And so is Heaven, for that matter. Then again, believing either of those realities as rooted and grounded in the heart of a compassionate, loving, Creator God, is a personal choice as well.

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