“A Prayer to Jesus, 8-20-20,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Dear Jesus, the son of god and redeemer and savior of all mankind and all nations and faiths, You promise us eternal life. How can we understand this promise? Do you mean simply living forever? If that is so in this life and earth do we wish to be here forever continually seeing and knowing more evil, more indifference and more pain and suffering? Is that the eternal life you mean when you tell us this? Perhaps you mean two things by the promise of eternal life. You may mean eternal life in heaven shared love and communion in heaven with all the saints, past and present, and the angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven. This is what you may mean and is closer to the eternal life you promise and also this eternal life will and may also mean enhanced and more abundant life a more filled and fulfilled life beyond our present existence. You speak of offering us, not merely living forever, which is not what anyone would want in our present for and prospect on this earth, but a greater form of life a life beyond our present understanding and expectation. The promise of eternal life is not living forever, an empty and meaningless prospect, but an advanced, if not a cosmic, life that few of us can imagine what it might be or consist of except it is a life of infinite growth and communion and the continual exchange of love with the three persons of the trinity and all the angels and saints growing together and truly knowing and being known. Eternal life is unlimited intellectual and emotional and spiritual growth without cessation forever and ever, a life of continual conversation and interchange with god the son and the holy spirit as they commune and converse with each other all the saints and angels of heaven.