Heaven’s Haven

 

 

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.
Eskimo Proverb

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distant

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.

4 thoughts on “Heaven’s Haven”

  1. Jan there many thoughts regarding heaven. Some for go happiness on earth waiting to get to heaven. I feel that it is not necessary to leave earth to experience heaven.
    When I look at the wonder that is my life, the gifts I have received, the love that I have experienced, the trials that I have been led through, the beauties of nature I have seen, I have only one concern about heaven. I hope I am not disappointed.

  2. I kinda giggled at not being disappointed. I agree. I can’t imagine anything more lovely than God’s Magnificent Creation, more precious than the love I’ve shared with loved ones and friends, more thankful for all the many gifts I’ve received from God in my life here on Earth. With the passing of four in my immediate family, I am wondering, thinking, pondering. I want to know where they are, if they’re happy, it is a mystery not mine to know. But, I still wonder. I know my Daddy once said in all seriousness that he didn’t want to be flying around heaven playing a harp. : ) As a former pilot, Daddy loved flying. My hope he is flying somewhere on his own without a plane. : )

  3. Thank you, Tarissa. I too love Louisa May Alcott. I think I’ve read all her works. I was recently at Billy Graham’s mountain retreat, The Cove. It is lovely. I attended a Women’s Conference there … very moving … ALSO … in Mid March it snowed five inches while we were there … very unusual for North Carolina. We women were giggling like children and trying to catch those huge fluffy snowflakes on our tongues. : )

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