(June 23, 2008)

If you read my last post you will know about my new understanding of what Jesus meant by the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven – of this being here, starting today. And I hope this doesn’t upset any of you, because I know it’s different from what most of us have been taught in Sunday School. But I believe we must listen to what Jesus said and not what people say he said. We need to listen to him first.

This new understanding is making me look differently at the world around me.

I remember clearly what happened when I first became interested in photography. I became very aware of everything, looking for things that would make good pictures. I came to appreciate the world in a different way – looking for beauty everywhere I went.

Yesterday I went for a walk with my husband, thinking about God and his presence with us. And I appreciated the sun and the gardens and the precious time with my husband. And I thanked God for all the good I saw and for the good time with my husband. And I experienced God’s kingdom. I experienced a bit of the kingdom of heaven. And I felt full and happy.

It’s so important to be aware of what is good and to do what is good and to be grateful. So important to love. There’s nothing better for our mental health!