Posted by Laurie Russell Pickert

We’re spending the week in “God’s Country” – an informal nickname for the part of Minnesota where I grew up. I guess people call this God’s Country because it feels so far away, and there are definitely more trees than people. I know it’s not heaven, but it does make me feel close to God and filled with love. I like this Ascension homily from Father Clay, asking us to consider heaven as a state of being rather than a place. I will be sitting lakeside for the next few days, swatting flies, and swapping stories, and feeling God, and feeling loved, and feeling lucky.

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