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(A Child's View of God, Heaven and Rabbits)

People ask me, "Why should you be picked to spend a lifetime working with Midwayers?"  "Why not me?"  Or even, "Why should I believe you?"

I don't have all the answers. Uh, uh!

The right kind of upbringing and a readiness to cooperate with others does not necessarily guarantee one will find oneself in association with our Midwayer Cousins on Urantia. But, perhaps, the right attitude might help.

Where is Heaven?

Our busy household in a semi-rural area, with lots of siblings, and a religious upbringing was all a small child could ever wish for. My environment was ideal, but mainly in the sense that both my parents devoted their lives to the welfare of their offspring -- indeed, to the wider community. There was an awesome work ethic that rubbed off on all the family.

The town and its environs counted less than three thousand souls. The inhabitants were rather equally divided between those who were Protestant, and those who were Catholic -- them and us. "Them" was the Heathens, obviously, and "Us" was the Catholic children of God, who would all go to Heaven some day.

Why Protestant folk would even bother to go to their church on Sundays was an ever-baffling mystery to me. Saint Peter would never let a Protestant through the Pearly Gates, and everybody already knew that, except the Protestants.

"Where is Heaven?" I asked my hard-working Mom.

"High up in the sky," she told me. "It's a big place where you can finally rest your weary bones and look at God."

I spent the rest of that afternoon atop a sand dune, searching the sky from north to south, east to west, but I spied no Heaven. It would probably look like another giant Gothic church, I imagined, but it would be quite heavy and need to rest solidly on a cloud. That could well be the reason why I couldn't see it from below.

But I believed it was there, because my mother said so, and kids all know that mothers tell no lies.

God, I imagined, would look just like our town's priest, only bigger. Much bigger, and not very handsome, just like our rather ugly priest.

It came as a shock to me to soon learn that us good Catholics would need to share our Heaven with the sinning Protestants. That was devastating news! And I made up my mind to slip out of that "Church in the Sky" when God wasn't looking my way. I would find something useful to do in God's back yard.

God would be furious with me for not sitting still in Heaven and looking at Him all the time, I knew. But I would quickly tell God what good work I had done, and God would forgive me. God might even be pleased with my efforts, since I would have been helping his Angels with their chores.

The "Bestest" Job of All 

Everyone in our family had a daily task -- a chore of some kind, depending on age. When I stood tall enough, my job became the caring for our rabbits. One needed to be a little more than three feet tall to reach the rabbits' food trays and water dishes, and that was the height I had at last attained.

Caring for the rabbits was not a chore, but an outright pleasure, to touch, caress, and talk to these furry little guys. It was the "bestest" job of all, and I was even regularly praised for my work. Soon all rabbits had names, grew plump and round, and recognized the sound of my voice. Perhaps even understood what I was telling them each day. The entire rabbit tribe had become my very best friends; I was their caring leader.

What great trauma some few days before Christmas that year when I found most of their hutches empty. My father had decimated my beloved rabbit tribe, and only Molly, Judy and Henk were left alive.

I hated that big Frenchman for what he had done, refused to speak to him for days, and poured out all my tears in front of the three saddened survivors.

Does God Eat Rabbits?

The rabbit skins had all been cured and dried. Some had been turned into mittens or gloves. The Frenchman had eaten the last of his rabbit stew, and Henk the Buck had been successful once again, for both Judy and Molly looked very pregnant. Soon there would again be lots of little rabbits for me to care for.

"Does God eat rabbits?" I asked the Frenchman who was reading his daily newspaper.

Absentmindedly he looked up from his "Courant de Paris" and studied me with great interest. Finally he answered thoughtfully, "Mais, non!"

It seemed that God ate neither breakfast nor dinner, but somehow managed to stay healthy and alive forever -- an incredible achievement!
My mind was made up. I would go to Heaven for a time, slip out of there unseen, and leave the town's Catholics and sinner Protestants to sit there and look at God.

And I would tend to God's rabbits in His back yard. They would never be eaten or harmed.

Perhaps this is the only advice I can offer those who also want to work with Urantia's Midwayers; Look after His most vulnerable (human) creatures with care and concern, and the Midwayers may help you succeed.

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