Heaven and the Beach

Dear Reader,

If you are still here, thank you for your patience. We just spent a week at the beach. Despite slightly cooler weather, it was wonderful. Very empty this time of year which is one of the benefits of homeschooling (i.e. we don’t have to go when everyone else is there). The house we rented had a sign on the wall and a coaster with about the  same message. Both said essentially: “Heaven is a little closer when you live by the water.” My 8yo dd was horrified by this. She found it blasphemous. One actually said “seems closer” rather than “is” which she found less offensive. She has always been sensitive to right and wrong, mostly to the extent of beating herself up for things she shouldn’t. I wouldn’t exactly call this quote blasphemy. I wonder if it is true though? God tells us in Romans that we can learn about hIm from His creation. And I have to say I find this particularly true at the beach. The power and unpredictability and yet regularity of the ocean all make me think of Him. So I don’t think the quote is too far off. And then I wonder how people who live in the city with little “nature” about manage. We did live in a fairly urban area for a number of years. There were parks and things though. But I also see it could be easy to be among concrete and things all the time and to never be reminded of your Creator by the environment.

Nebby

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