Is Heaven here on Earth? Is Heaven far away, distant in time, in space? Where are those we love who’ve passed on? I look up and hope a cloud with an opening letting the sun’s rays break through in magnificent colors is the gate that beckons. Is Heaven somewhere we enter through a gate? A sunrise in brilliant red, gold, orange, heralds the start of something so precious, another day of life and living! Is life and living here on Earth the chance to experience Heaven here? Or is it something we cannot even begin to imagine?
Of course it is beyond our understanding. That is why we can only picture its magnificence through the limits of our own minds. Dear Lord, I know without a doubt that life in some form continues. You provide evidence of that in so many ways in nature. Final breaths from human beings signal a passing; what we pass into is a mystery. Trust and faith in Your Word and Your Promises steady hearts broken by loss. Your Love, Compassion, Mercy, and Grace gently wipe the tears, breaking the veil of fear, revealing the Truth. You are life everlasting; You have been, are, and forever will be with us; You in us, us in You, together forever … life everlasting.
Lord, life is struggle after struggle after struggle. Everlasting life can sound daunting. Everlasting escape from the hardships and trials that is life seems more attractive.
I’m looking for Heaven’s peace and fellowship. I have heard a description of Heaven; I’m not sure who said it so I can’t give them credit; but I like it and it’s enough to comfort me … Heaven is Life EverLaughing !
Even when we allow our imaginations to run wild on the joys of heaven, we find that our minds are incapable of conceiving what it will be like. Billy Graham
The whole point of Heaven is to relieve us of the suffering, pain, death and tears brought into the world by the evil of humanity. That is why God says that in Heaven there will be no more sorrow, pain, death or crying. David Brandt Berg
Heaven is not a figment of imagination. It is not a feeling or an emotion. It is not the “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.” It is a prepared place for a prepared people. Dr. David Jeremiah
Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.
We all long for heaven where God is, but we have it in our power to be in heaven with him right now–to be happy with him at this very moment. But being happy with him now means:
loving as he loves, helping as he helps, giving as he gives, serving as he serves, rescuing as he rescues, being with him for all the twenty-four hours, touching him in his distressing disguise. Mother Teresa, A Gift for God
Heaven will be the perfection we’ve always longed for. All the things that made Earth unlovely and tragic will be absent in heaven. Billy Graham
If people really want to go, and really try all their lives, I think they will get in; for I don’t believe there are any locks on that door, or any guards at the gate. I always imagine it is as it is in the picture, where the shining ones stretch out their hands to welcome poor Christian as he comes up from the river. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
It is possible that the distance of heaven lies wholly in the veil of flesh, which we now want power to penetrate. A new sense, a new eye, might show the spiritual world compassing us on every side. William E. Channing, Thoughts
This hymn sweetly wonders about Heaven.
And Is There Lord A Rest?
Words: Ray Palmer, 1843.
Music: Dawn (Parker) Edwin P. Parker, 1871
And is there, Lord, a rest
For weary souls designed,
Where not a care shall stir the breast,
Or sorrow entrance find?
Is there a blissful home,
Where kindred minds shall meet,
And live and love, nor ever roam
From that serene retreat?
Are there bright, happy fields,
Where naught that blooms shall die;
Where each new scene fresh pleasure yields,
And healthful breezes sigh?
Are there celestial streams,
Where living waters glide,
With murmurs sweet as angel dreams,
And flowery banks beside?
For ever blessèd they,
Whose joyful feet shall stand,
While endless ages waste away,
Amid that glorious land!
My soul would thither tend,
While toilsome years are given;
Then let me, gracious God, ascend
To sweet repose in Heaven!
existing or happening far away in space : separated by space. : far away in time : happening far in the past or far into the future. : having to do with something that is not related to what is happening where you are or at the present time.