How Does the Lord Speak to Everyone Today?

Sometimes it amazes me how unceasingly the Lord’s truths filter down into our world.  For me, the natural sun helps me to understand it better than anything else I know.  The  sun reaches everywhere in a universal way–with light rays–but depending on the receptacle, it appears to have almost infinite variety.  Light on a table at dusk in the tropics vs. light dancing in the trees in a northern winter–same light, but such a different picture!  And of course, without it we would die instantly.

It is comforting for me to observe that one can avoid light completely–by never going outside during the day, or by going into a cave or a basement, for instance–but it’s pretty hard to do consistently.  Virtually everyone is exposed to light, regularly.  

Which is why I’m always thrilled when I hear a shaft of light–a thought, a line from a song, a comment–that seems (to me) to express a pure truth.  It reminds me how infinite are the Lord’s ways–and I admire the person for figuring it out, probably without the Writings like I have. 

Recently our (Methodist) pastor said, in the pulpit, “I don’t know about you, but I think heaven is a pretty busy place.”  I was awash with admiration.  How did she figure that out?

Ellis Paul, a folk singer-songwriter, in the song God’s Promise, expresses so simply something that took me a long time to figure out.  I used to think (subconsciously) that if I followed all the rules, life would be easy.  And I still think it’s eaSIER than if I wasn’t trying to follow the rules.  But no, “ease” was never the deal with the Lord.  Heavenly happiness, yes.  Ease, no. Ellis figured this out with a few words of poetry, set to music:

“[I] didn’t promise you
Skies painted blue
All colored flowers all your days through
I didn’t promise you
Sun with no rain
Joys without sorrows
Peace without pain

All that I promise
Is strength for this day
Rest for my worker and light on your way
I give you truth when you need it
My help from above
My undying friendship, My unfailing love…”


Recently I read the Beatitudes and asked the Lord how He is speaking to us today, and speaking to those not reading the Beatitudes.  The answers came to me so quickly that I suspected I had some spirits helping me.  

“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad!”  “Don’t worry be happy!”

“For great is your reward in heaven.”  “What goes around comes around.”

“For so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  “Many have gone before you.”

What other phrases or songs or gems of wisdom have you heard in the world lately? 

“…the fact that spiritual heat, being love, produces natural heat in human beings to such an extent as to fire and inflame their faces and limbs, can serve as a proof that the fire of the natural sun arose from no other source than the fire of the spiritual sun, which is Divine love.” (Conjugial Love 380)

About Katya Gordon

Katya Goodenough Gordon lives in Two Harbors, Minnesota, just a block from the north shore of Lake Superior. She has lived in this picturesque setting since 2008 when she and her family completed their first yearlong voyage living aboard a sailboat. Aside from home, marriage, and family, she is an author and reporter, a radio show host, a climate activist, and an active member of the United Church of Two Harbors. Born and bred in Bryn Athyn, PA, she is increasingly aware of and grateful for the ideas instilled in her childhood from Swedenborg's Writings, and always looking for ways to spread these life-giving truths in her community and beyond.

4 thoughts on “How Does the Lord Speak to Everyone Today?

  1. Awesome, Katya! Thanks so much for this. It’s really cool, when we can really notice, really *feel* the Lord talking to us, in ways like these, isn’t it?! ….I’m trying to think of similar examples that I’ve experienced recently, although none are coming immediately to mind. I’m gonna think on it, and pay closer attention, though! 😉 Thanks. x

  2. Thank you, Katya!

    I appreciate your sunny, open thoughts and this reminder to look for the Lord at work everywhere, in every one.
    “Seek and you will find.”

  3. Hi Katya! I really enjoyed this! I love the idea that He finds ways into people’s minds! Water, of course, is another example; how it finds a path through rocks and stones and sand. So cool. I also love the reminder that it is not just “the select few”, who happened to come upon the Writings (or were born into it), that have exclusive access to Truth. Yay Lord!

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