Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Windows Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Windows Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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My nearest window widens my world. I look out on golden-leafed trees and snowcapped mountains. To me, this panorama hints at what heaven is.

Lately, I've become aware of the term "windows of heaven." This first appears in the Bible in Genesis. But in a more meaningful way, it appears at the end of the Hebrew Scripture in this way: "Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Mal. 3:10).

I've pondered these inspiring words that are so full of divine promise. For me, the windows represent a receptive state of mind; openness to the unlimited good God gives. They look out on blessings that come from God.

We can't overlook the leading words "Prove me now." You and I have a part to play in this proving, because we have a relationship with God. It's our part to show God's nature in our individual lives. We're aware of God pouring out His blessing to the degree that we understand Him and express the qualities of good. It's hard to resist this "spiritual proposition" when we realize that its purpose is to improve us. This improvement is possible in our lives today.

In their search for God and for more happiness and freedom, people all over the world are probing the Scriptures and proving that there's significance in words like these: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). The life-mission of the man who spoke those words, Jesus Christ, was to reveal that we are all God's children. This relationship naturally entitles each of us to a marvelous, perfect identity. We reflect what God, the divine Spirit, is. And God is good.

This reflection happens first in our thoughts. As we are open to the idea that we have a divine inheritance, we are open to seeing heaven. Actually, it is already within our own consciousness, just waiting for acknowledgment - for proof. It's in this light that proving God becomes our mission.

You can bring more heaven into your life wherever you are, whatever your circumstances. …

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