“The Church is... where the Lord is acknowledged, and where the Word is.” - The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine §242
Kempton New Church

Summer 2015

Dear Neighbor,

What was God’s first great commission to the human race? “And God made man in His own image… male and female He created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply….” (Genesis 1:27-28)

Notice how three ideas flow in order: 1) God creates us male and female, 2) blesses us, and 3) says that we should be fruitful and multiply. What a great blessing that God has created us male and female! A husband and a wife each receive distinct gifts from God that they can share with each other, completing one another. Singly, we are each like half a person. Together a husband and wife can become one more full and perfect human being in the eyes of God. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)

The greatest project a husband and wife can undertake is to raise children. The shared care for their children draws them together more than anything else, when they see it as a calling from God. They help each other with all the tasks and chores. They spend time figuring out the best ways to guide their children. They defer to each other in certain areas: a father respects the perceptive wisdom of his wife in relation to little children and girls; a mother relies on the dispassionate concern of her husband in raising boys; but in all things they share ideas and support one another.

Raising children is hard work. We all start out loving ourselves more than our neighbors. But the Lord blesses a husband and wife by drawing them closer to each other through the work of raising their children. More and more they stop putting themselves first as they work together for the sake of their children. Working side by side on a very important mission, they become best friends.

Happiness and blessing come with doing something useful. God’s purpose in creating the universe is that human beings may be born, who may grow up to know Him and love Him and follow Him by their free choice. Then He can lead them to eternal happiness. This is the fulfillment of the Divine love.

Since we are created in God’s image and likeness, we too find our greatest happiness in being able to be close to others and bless them. So Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14) As our children get out of school for the summer, let’s count it a blessing to spend more time with them, helping them on their path to a useful life on earth and in heaven.

You are welcome to come to the Kempton New Church on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.