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May 12, 2014

Dazed and tantalized

CORBIN — The Rev. John Burkhart  Ph.D, is a retired Episcopal priest and professor of  psychology

jandmburkhart@yahoo.com blog at inspirationsandideas

What is new? What is different? What is improved? Where’s a new sound? Where’s a new taste? What catches our attention? What promises a new experience? What feels different? What is revolutionary? Where is a whole new concept? What is the “wow” factor or the “it” factor?

What promises a sensation and a thrill? What leaves us spellbound and intrigued? What creates an insatiable craving, yet total satisfaction? What holds us in delightful suspense? What is breathtaking, compelling our undistracted attention? What is so fulfilling that we seek nothing else? What is indisputably hailed as the epitome of perfection? What is the ultimate in beauty? Where is the greatest joy? Where is perfect peace? Where is maximal power? Where is endless kindness and mercy? Where is constant and always present love and understanding? Where is never failing forgiveness? Where is unconditional  friendship? Where is perfect joy? Where is the complete fulfillment of all desires?

Beatific Vision is the answer; a term theologians give to our ultimate destiny as designed by God — living in his presence, in his eternal kingdom.

All of our earthly days find all of us seeking happiness. By design we all are in a quest for the living presence of Our Maker. It is amazing how far off we get trying most every creature comfort and delight instead of trying the Creator of all creation.

The endless array of worldly treasures and delights should point us to their source and origin.  We are short-sided and irrational, demonstrating rank stupidity, when we dedicate our lives to creature possessions and comforts instead of their Maker.

Addictively living for money, sensuality, pride or entertainment is the destructive detour we can easily take; making this world’s God-given pleasures God.

 “Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all else will be given unto you” [Matthew 6:33].

May we all keep on track for the ultimate and solitary goal of life — the eternal embrace of our Heavenly Father; therein we are forever dazzled and tantalized.

 

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