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From Rev. Solomon Keal, Pastor of BACS and Informal Family Service
May 5, 2020

I’ve been enjoying spending time outside recently in the beautiful spring weather. It is nice to feel the warmth of the sun after the cold of winter. I’ve been thinking lately about how wonderful the springtime feels, and why that is.

The Writings say that Heaven is in a perpetual state of spring: “The sun of the angelic heaven… produces a constant balance of heat and light, that is, a constant union of good and truth. For heaven is in a state of perpetual spring.” (Conjugial Love 222; see also Arcana Caelestia 5662).

Heaven is a state of spring because it’s when we don’t experience the painful extremes of truth without goodness, or goodness without truth. Heaven is the perfect balance of the two, when they complement each other. In heaven, the shade under the trees isn’t too cold or too dark. Out in the sun it isn’t too bright or too hot. No sunburns in heaven. In heaven, the truth isn’t too harsh or cold, and the goodness isn’t too hot or overwhelming. In this life, we often struggle to find that balance. We often swing to the extremes of cold winters and overbearing summers in our thoughts, feelings and actions. But when we have those moments of experiencing the joy and peace in the union and balance of goodness and truth, that’s the Spring of Heaven.

“For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)

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