Watch Over

” . . . watch over . . .”

“The Lord keeps close watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are loyal to him.”

(II Chronicles 16:9)

Forget, “Stairway to Heaven.”  What about, “Doorway to Heaven?”  I never knew it was just above Chicago and all a person had to do was go to the top of the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) to see it!  Of course this is not really a doorway to heaven.  It’s also not an edited photo.  It’s simply a reflection in the window as I stood on top of the tower taking pictures a couple of weeks ago.  Maybe it is just a reflection, but it still causes me to wonder about what it means to know God in heaven is watching over me.

I’m convinced it makes a big difference in our lives to know that someone is watching over us.  Sometimes we say it’s nice to know someone has our back.  It doesn’t necessarily mean that they can protect us from all harm.  It usually does mean that we have a sense we’re not alone.  It means we have a connection, and connections are critical.  Imagine yourself setting out on some important journey without a sense that anyone knows you’re traveling, or that anyone is available should you need to call for help.  Even imagine that you’re on that journey and it’s filled with positive, amazing experiences, but there’s no one to even call and share your experiences.

Maybe one way to think about heaven is that it serves as an ultimate connection.  God resides in heaven and always has our back.  John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, talked about this “cloud of witnesses” in heaven who look upon us as we live our lives.  Maybe that’s another way of expressing this sense that in God’s love we are connected not just with those around us, but those who’ve gone before us and have claimed their place around God’s heavenly banquet table.  Heaven means we have connection through the mysterious part of life that we can’t understand, but can certainly know through God’s love shared with us, and our sharing it with others.  Heaven means we’re connected with God and connected with one another.

I give thanks for the awareness that I am watched over by God and others, and also pray that God will help me be faithful to do my share of watching.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,


Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia


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~ by revgenelson on October 19, 2016.

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