On earth we live
in communities. So we will in heaven. But the heavenly communities will
be structured and organised. Each community will have its own specific
use and function within the whole.
We will determine
our heavenly community and unique role within it by use of our specific
skills and talents in this world to love and serve others. Each angel
will thus feel comfortable and at home with those around and have a
function which suits his or her own abilities and desires.
tells us that ‘the Lord’s kingdom is a kingdom of uses’.
Heaven and Hell 387.
Work in heavenly
communities will differ from work on earth because its motivation
will be different. In heaven housing, clothing and food will be freely
given to all angels. The need to work for personal needs is
gone. Perhaps it is like choosing how to be busy in early retirement!
motivations on earth vary - use to the Lord, to others or to self - so
in heaven they will vary too. The parallels in heavenly life might be
seen to be: helping people in their spiritual life, civil life or
domestic life. In each of these areas there will be work to do for other
people, in loving them, caring for them and helping them.
It is possible to
think of people who love working in each of the above areas in
their life on earth. If it is their true love and skill it will continue
into the next life. Thus each angel will be happy in the work which
needs to be done. It is perhaps also evident that there will be an
infinite variety of occupations to match the infinite variety of the
angels. Swedenborg tells us that there are few tasks in the world by
comparison. Heaven and Hell 393.
Each angel is busy
in activity which benefits the community and, thus the whole, using
unique talents given by the Creator. There are fortunate people on earth
whose work is like this for them. In heaven this will be achieved by
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