Sunday, 26 May 2019

Another Day In Paradise


Let me invite you to come with me to Heaven. Let's go right now and see what we'll find there.

I often wonder; most people perhaps want to go to Heaven for fear of the other place where the devil pokes your backside with a big fork and the heat is unbearable.

Jesus described Heaven as a place with many rooms. This is because it was the only imagery that the people of the time could understand. They had seen many mansions and palaces so to describe Heaven in such terms would engender an image and a place that they would all long for. Certainly better than the place with acrid smell and burning flesh and gnashing of teeth.

But what do you expect to find in Heaven? Yes you. What is your idea of Heaven?

Some people see Heaven as a place where they will come face to face with God. They will know God, and experience His love more than they have experienced it here on earth.

OK ... let's grant you that. But what else is there in Heaven? What will we do for eternity? Sit there singing hymns of praise or playing the harp? What if we do not like the harp and prefer rock and roll, or jazz or other music?

Some people imagine Heaven as a pleasant place with beautiful green meadows and sunshine everywhere. Personally, I fear hearing my wife telling me it is time to mow the lawn ... again. How about those people who don't like permanent sunshine? Who enjoy the rain, or to hear and see thunder and lightning?

Some people imagine Heaven as a nice place where we all love and care for each other and help each other. But then, I wonder, why can't we do that right now right here? Why can't we care for each other, the old, the poor, the sick and the destitute right here? Why wait for another day in Paradise to do what can be Heaven right now?

Maybe I am missing the point. Maybe Heaven will be the place where I finally find the missing jigsaw piece of life.

26 comments:

  1. You could say "Heaven's in the back seat of my Cadillac" from the song by Hot Chocolate but in truth we will never know until we die and then we will not be able to tell any one

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    1. Good point Billy. We will never know until we get there.

      Thank you for visiting us here. Please call again soon and often; and invite your friends.

      God bless.

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  2. Thank you for voicing all the questions (about Heaven) I've had … but felt too stupid to ask.
    I just pray to be reunited with loved ones I miss every day.

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    1. We all have similar questions in our minds, Mevely. I guess it is part of the mystery of our Faith.

      God bless you.

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  3. Well, I don't think that humans who have made it into Heaven will be floating around on clouds and playing music on lutes. Doesn't The Bible tell us that, at the End of Time, the Saints in Heaven will be 'given charge over the New Heaven and the New Earth'?

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    1. Yes Suzanne, the Saints may be given charge, but what shall we do?

      God bless.

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    2. And God bless you, Victor! I'm sure there will be plenty for 'us' to do. Isn't EVERY 'person' who is welcomed into Heaven, considered to be a 'saint'? Perhaps, us 'lower-case' saints, will be working UNDER the Direction of the 'Upper-case' Saints: you know, Great Saints (like the Apostles and the oh-so-many-unknown 'Martyrs')? Just a thought; but NONE of us will truly know UNLESS & UNTIL we 'follow Christ' all the way to Heaven -- where HE is -- WITH The Father and The Holy Spirit; and all the Choirs of Angels. Anyway, this is how MY imagination has interpreted Biblical writings describing Heaven. But, I have NO doubt that Heaven will be EVEN BETTER than what I can imagine!

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    3. "Choirs of Angels" ... I knew it ... playing harps and lutes and not a drum set in sight!

      God bless you, Suzanne.

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  4. Heaven is a reward waiting for those of us who have earned the right to spend eternity in the presence of God when we pass on. It is vast. The last frontier.
    I once had a dream that had me wondering if I had seen a glimpse of Heaven. There was a magnificent Cathedral sitting in the middle of a huge meadow as far as the eye could see. But it was the colors that made me believe that this was Heaven. They were ethereal. I saw no one. No being of any kind I was alone. I remember feeling that this was heaven. Maybe it was.

    God's Blessings Victor

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    1. Makes you think, doesn't it? What will it be like?

      God bless you, Jan.

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  5. "...where we all love and care for each other and help each other. But then, I wonder, why can't we do that right now right here?"

    That is a great idea! :)

    When I was about five I asked my mom if my stuffed animals would go to Heaven with me when I died. In a stroke of genius she said that whatever I needed to be happy would be there. So, obviously, Heaven looks like a toy store!

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    1. Well, I never thought of it as a toy store; but why not. I hope the toys aren't too expensive though. Have you seen the prices of the latest computer games?

      God bless you, Sandi.

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  6. I often wonder that too. I guess heaven is what we think it is and then we still could be wrong too. I guess we all have to wait and see. In the meantime, we could do our best here to help and be kind to others , even that could be a hard task considering the state of the world.
    Thank you, Victor and have a nice evening.

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    1. Yes you are right, Bill. We can create Heaven here on earth by being kinder to each other. It is a hard task as you say.

      Best wishes. God bless you.

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  7. Heaven will be a place of no sin and perfect peace.
    I think heaven is something that no matter how wonderful we imagine it is, it won't compare to the real thing.

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    1. I understand, I think.

      God bless you, Happyone.

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  8. I am reading a very interesting book on Heaven, called Heaven, by Randy Alcorn.

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  9. Oh, yes, Victor, while I think Heaven is crafted in a way that all the souls in it are infinitely happy and at peace in God's presence, why can't we create our own heaven on earth for others in need? Let us love one another as Jesus has, and continues to, love us.
    Tomorrow begins my absence from the blogosphere, but wanted you to know that one of the books I'm taking with me is More Reflections for the Soul. So, I guess you'll be in Oxford with me!
    Blessings!

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    1. What an honour for me, to have you take one of my books with you to read. Thank you, Martha. I hope you enjoy what I say there, and perhaps debate with me anything you may not agree with. I am grateful for your support of my writings, Martha. Thank you. Have a wonderful holiday.

      God bless you and your family.

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  10. I am hoping that Heaven is just like life on Earth, only without the assholes!

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    1. That's unfair, JoeH. Assholes have a purpose. God created assholes so that we may appreciate all the other people.

      God bless.

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    2. Hmmm...Now I have to reconsider.

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    3. God bless you, JoeH. I know you mean well.

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