“When one pictures heaven, he sees a grand-maned lion and carefree innocent children running and playing in open sunlit meadows of sweet grasses among untold numbers of windblown wildflowers.”
Some envision walking on golden streets and living in palatial houses. Some say we’ll sit on clouds and play harps; that we’ll be dressed in white robes and wear golden crowns.
The Bible gives some descriptions that we can grasp as hints, but how can our minds conceive of glories so far outside the realm of our experience?
There will be music, wonderful music at all times that we can join in. I am certain of that. I have always loved music. When I was a child we sang an old hymn that went something like this:
Then the darkness shall turn to the Dawning
And the Dawning to Noonday Bright;
And Christ’s Great Kingdom will come on earth––
The kingdom of Love and Light!
You can imagine how those lines appealed to the poet deep inside me. And since I have believed that heaven will be here on earth with Jesus as our king.
But wherever it is, heaven will be where God is with us.
My Aunt Helen used to say we will never be bored there because we will be in a bustling wonderful city and we can attend classes and be learning forever. We will sit and converse with the saints, the apostles, and with Jesus Christ himself. We will see those we love who have gone before us and have happy times with them.
We will be finally whole and free in body, soul, and mind. True justice will reign. There will be fruit and delicious foods for us to eat and no more sickness, disease, death, pain, or war. God will wipe all the tears from our eyes.
I like the idea of fields of flowers myself, without the fear of harm from snakes or wild animals in a land of peace and goodness. I would love the music too.
As you have heard, “We can only imagine!” Can you imagine?
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