This visible, earthly world is still God’s creation: one should not condemn it as a valley of tears; it is really the miracle work of God. And this earthly life is the life that God gives us, which it is our task to develop. Here is our place of work, the vineyard in which the Lord calls and places us.…Here are the neighbors whom we ought to love; whether we have been true to the realization of the talents entrusted to us will be decided when we are called to give an accounting. Therefore we must, so long as this life still lasts, give our whole attention to it and confidently allow what awaits us on the other side of death’s line to come upon us when it comes.

Source: I Believe in the Living God