The Foreign Experience of Heaven

When we became neighbors with the Hutterites after our move to Manitoba, they were definitely different from the mainstream Christians.

Someday when my family and I went out to the city for an outing, our lawn was oddly clean. But the culprit wasn't so hard to find, it was one day when my family and I were coming home from an outing we saw our close Hutterite friend mowing our lawn.

On another occasion many of our Hutterite friends were invited to our house, and we experienced unexpected things that day. My wife was extremely busy trying prepare things for the visitors, one of the family arrived early to our house and the mother of the family asked if she could help my wife. It was definitely an odd situation for us to experience.

The lady was helping out and started to clean, but it was different. From what I saw in American homes all they did was vacuum and the cleaning was done. However the Hutterite lady went down on her knees to clean the floor with a wet cloth. It was a new feeling to our Asian family for it was a Caucasian woman cleaning our kitchen and washroom.

At that moment I had question pop up in my head. How do they joyfully mow the lawn, and clean the house when it’s not their own? The answer was retrieved when we were helping out our Hutterite friends.

During the harvest season the Hutterites are extremely busy. They mass produce chicken, pigs, goose, cow, and many other vegetables within their garden. For Koreans like us, it was beyond what we could imagine.

Although we were a small in  number, we thought our family could help them out. From potato harvesting to chicken butchering whenever they needed more hands my family and I went out to help them, and they would gladly welcome us.

Even though my body was exhausted, my spirit was joyful. I couldn't find anyone lazing or complain about the amount of work they have to do or how tiring it is. When the group of kids bring the cleaned chicken another group that we in would pack it, and when one of the ladies sing a German song others will put harmony and sing along.

A lady we were working with said a very surprising confession to me. “We work for you, and you work for us. We support each other and how pleasant and happy is this!?”

After the packing was done, to understand this I wanted to talk more deeply into this saying. Therefore the way of showing love was through labor. The Hutterites said it is a great way to express love through oneself’s help of labor.

For them love is not an enjoyment, or an abstract lesson, but an expression of love through labor.

That was when I knew the truth of Heaven. The Heaven I expected was not a place with me in a nice lake, on the grass and under the pasture lazing around. For the ones I love I would express my towards labor, we would support each other and that will be Heaven. A life of supporting and sacrificing is a place called Heaven.

The mystery of the lawn was solved, and the our Hutterite brother had been in the Kingdom of Heaven. He had kept the law of the Kingdom of Heaven and wanted to express his love to us. One day he visited our house when nobody was home and noticed that the lawn was undone. With a good heart he mowed it with love and went back to his home. A lawn mowed for us with love.

Through labor, people will express themselves with love and truth, and all of them are the pillars of a community. Within a community, resides the Kingdom of Heaven.


Original Text: http://jungwonyang.com/post/Msg118

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