"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-4)
I dreamed I was in paradise the other day. It was so
beautiful. Golden-white light bathed everything. Rainbows filled the sky
without a drop of rain. The trees stood tall and strong.
Some of their leaves were green, others were
red, and still others were yellow. Birds flew from tree to tree and
their sweet songs filled the air. There was a peaceful music coming from
everything and the birdsongs blended into it perfectly. In the meadows
the grass seemed to dance in the wind. Thousands of flowers were
blooming. They were every color imaginable and they radiated joy. As I
walked along every dog and cat I had ever had ran up to me to be petted.
All of them were young and healthy once again.
My Dad, Mom, and Nana were there too along
with my neighbor Kai. They were so vital and full of life. I could feel
the happiness flowing from their hearts. Their spirits were shining with
wisdom and light. Their light reached out to me and I was instantly
filled full to overflowing with a love beyond comprehension. I was
finally HOME and I was full of JOY.
I awoke with a start
but when I opened my eyes the memories of that dream didn’t fade. I sat
there for a long time with a smile on my face. I knew, however, that no
matter how glorious and beautiful that dream was the real paradise would
be a million times better and far beyond my feeble powers to describe.
I knew something
else too, something that gave me so much hope. I knew that each of us
carries our own paradise within. God lives in each of us. Each of us has
love and light in our souls that we can nurture and share. We can do
more than just dream of paradise. We can use our prayers, love, and
light to help God build a bit of paradise right here today! Be a
paradise builder then. Use all that you have to make Earth more like
Joseph J. Mazzella