Tuesday, May 12, 2009

When we All get to Heaven

The past is washing over me just now…it has been for a few weeks now. Is it a cleansing flow? I’m not sure but the pain isn’t as acute as it has been. Reaching out to brothers and sisters who I love dearly and have been missing for what seems like an eternity, I have recently been made aware of just how wonderful heaven must be.

My son in law made a statement at his and my daughter’s wedding that bears repeating…he said

“having all the people I love in the same place at the same time…that’s heaven to me”

I think I can see it…through a glass darkly, I can possibly see just what heaven might be like….It is a place where all my brothers and sisters and I can be together…with no miles, no differences of opinion, no walls, without any of this life’s pain or the smell of flesh between us…all is truly peace and light and the purest of joy, fellowship complete…

I can almost see it…through the veil…and it is a place I long for...a place I miss though I can’t actually say I’ve ever being there…or perhaps I have been… in my spirit and maybe even a few times in my body too. :)…some gatherings of the saints are beyond words, you know.

I have never been one for pie in the sky religion and “when we all get to heaven” sentimentality…. I firmly believe that eternity, for us, begins right here and now the moment we meet Jesus, we step into what has been ever ongoing between the Father and the Son, and we begin partaking of what our spirits have always known and sought to partake of… a life meant to be lived out from eternity past into eternity future…inside of Him. This has been my experience in Christ...to live in the eternal Now.

Yet today…this week…these touches from the hearts and spirits of my brothers and sisters tell me that one day…in the sweet bye and bye…there is more, more than we can currently manage in our frail humanity…One Glad Day we will truly know as we are known and dwell in a place of oneness we can only dream of and our flesh prevents us from just now. Something in my heart is longing for that day today….as tears fall…. tears of pain and of joy, all at the same time…but greater still.....tears of longing.


jayjay said...

Oh that is so absolutely true, Cheryl. I can see that place too, dimly, it's HOME in every sense of the word.

Sara said...

perfectly beautifully written. i think the glass is a little less dark when we finally find the tension too tiring and give in to love. you are leading the rest of us.

Constance said...

"What a day of rejoicing that will be!"

I still remember the old hymns from long ago! I love the life I have now but I know once I get to heaven I will be greeted by people I have loved and lost.

You're right, we aren't meant to "hang on til heaven" but we have been given abundant life here and now! Too many of us are limping when we should be leaping!

dille2@cableone.net said...

I feel your pain, most of all. I think heaven looks better in pain. For those more curious, the wonder of heaven is comforting. I have never been one who couldn't wait to get there. Maybe because my first 20 years was hell on earth, I am enjoying the not so hell, now. Also, not meeting Jesus until 27 may make a difference. It not that everything is so wonderful, more about I am not into speculation and I have no one in heaven I am dying(bad pun)to see. There are all here...but I have said if any of them go, I am right behind them and will take care of them. Bless you my friend, I hope you get to see what you need...xoxox

Joni said...

I'm with you...I so long for that time and place when It will truly be "well with my soul" (and with those of family and friends)...for eternity. No more walls. No more divisions.

Beautiful post.

Pat said...

It's hard to write with my eyes filled with tears. The is such an insightful post. We are living eternity right now...this is just the first part of it. I long to see my Savior's face and be where there is no sorrow or strife. Like you, I see it dimly, but one day ...one day it will be such a glorious reality!
I miss what I've only had a taste of down here on earth.

Terry said...

dear jada gigi,
i just came by because i wanted to finish my comment on your earlier post about, "stories" but after reading this post, i know that it is exactly what i need.
i have been in the depths of despair. i get this way sometimes and although i am not a crier, right now the tears are coming from deep in my heart and pouring down my face.
it is times like these that i really do think as you think how beautiul heaven will be where there will be no tears from hurt feelings and that we will all be together with the lord in the home where there will be no tears about anything.....thank you cheryl
you are a good sister....love terry

thank you for all the nice comments you make on my blog.

Deborah said...

It's funny you say that, the last few days I've been contimplating the same things.
I see it as a big party waiting for us, with lots of dancing !
My Nicole said, "I just want to be in heaven where there's no more tears." Even she at 6 has a sense of a world of love and peace.

I've had the same nostalgic memories and feelings since re-connecting with so many as well !

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Hi, I'm new on your blog. I invited myself to drop by! Saw a part of your post on Terry's... about heaven. And it made me want to visit!

Thank you for what you posted. I'm glad I was able to visit your blog place today.

You look very pretty in your black dress!

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Mrs. Mac said...
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Mrs. Mac said...

Cheryl, this is a very poignant post. From the depths of your soul have you poured out yourself before the Lord and your family in Christ. May you find His peace this side of heaven to get you to the final destination ...

Margie said...

what a great post! I am having a hard time focusing on what to write because my heart is overflowing!

Thank you for letting God use you today

Trish said...

So beautiful Cheryl...reminds me of the old song...I'm kind of homesick for a country, where I've never been before! What a glorious place awaits us.