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Re: The kingdom of heaven
« on: April 09, 2020, 08:13:10 pm »
I'm sorry Mark-- I just saw this now....

That's a big question.  You might think this strange, but I have almost no memories of my childhood.  So very little.  I remember a few people- a friend I shared a name with and the lunch his mom made for us once.  The bread was fresh and she spread real butter on it then stacked it high with what seemed like a whole package of that thin-sliced lunch meat.  And she brought two little plates for us like this with the sandwiches and on the side she had set a handful of potato chips and a pickle... and she brought these down from the kitchen to the two of us who were laying on the floor with blankets watching Monty Python and the holy grail.  That was heaven from my childhood.  And I didn't have a care in the world.

The image of it in my mind is based on places I have been and experiences I have had and in spirit these are the concepts that are expressed to me that my mind can associate with what people would call heaven.  It's nothing far off or beyond, rather it is a place set apart- where nothing prevails upon it.  If I could take you along to swim with me in the warm waters of the Bahamas, or sip a beer with you on my porch, or stand atop a mountain with you in the chill of a sunny winter day- it's all the same.  I see the Father.  His creation.  His goodness.  And even in the cold I feel his warmth for it comes from within.  I feel His pleasure because His face shines upon me... and this is heaven-- to be with Him, to feel His goodness and to please Him. 

The hoary frost... this is the story of a man.  The story of man.  And Job is tested as all men will be tested and he is humbled as all men are humbled and in his quest for understanding he asks many questions of God- and the Father sets him down at some point and says- again, as He does with all--- You think you know?  You think you understand?  You think I have some kind of obligation to explain myself or everything or anything to you?  How about you explain it to me?

And as a Father would speak to his presumptuous offspring only then does Job understand what he never understood before-- the ineffable things that proclaim the nature and spectrum of God that we can't begin to comprehend apart from whatever understanding He gives to us. And this realization brings Job to repentance.

Conceptually water is spirit and frozen water- ice, or hail, or this hoary frost relates to water at rest or what Jesus called those asleep.  Like Lazarus or others he raised from the dead, there is a place of waiting and rest for those who will be awakened.  Resurrection to rain once again upon the earth.

I work a lot with bone grafting.  The bone graft is 'harvested' from folks who have just died and they remove cell-rich bone material from these donors in a very timely manner after death.  These are usual young, otherwise healthy donors, for example victims of motorcycle accidents and such.  The cellular material is cryo-preserved as a bone matrix and stored in a frozen medium that preserves and protects the stem-cells without damage for years.  The containers are frozen in liquid state Nitrogen (-196 C) where all cellular activity (cell degradation or death) would occur.  It could stay there indefinitely, but when needed it is transported to the hospital where we thaw it and then implant it to fill voids, heal or fuse bones together and when thawed and implanted into an environment (a patient) with an ample blood supply- those cells come back to life.

Interesting eh?



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