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Revelation 21:3b See, the home of God is among mortals.
Abusive or shaming parents are at the unconscious root of a variety of distorted narratives about God. In my case, an absent father served as a faulty template for what it takes to grow closer to God. As a younger person, I assumed that getting near to God required my spiritual exertion and theological rigor. I could visit God any time I wanted, but it was up to me to get there.
As it turns out, I had everything upside down. The stunning message of the Incarnation and the Second Coming is that, in Jesus, God is straining to reach us where we are. Jesus didn’t come to take us back up to heaven. He came to transform earth by planting heaven at its very core.
MOVING FORWARD: Do you have any upside-down ideas about God that you’d like to work on? Make an appointment with your spiritual director, priest, or therapist today to begin having these discussions.