Friday, November 24, 2006

How Beautiful Heaven Must Be

1. We read of a place that’s called heaven,
It’s made for the pure and the free;
These truths in God’s Word He hath given,
How beautiful heaven must be.
* Refrain:
How beautiful heaven must be,
Sweet home of the happy and free;
Fair heaven of rest for the weary,
How beautiful heaven must be.
2. In heaven no drooping nor pining,
No wishing for elsewhere to be;
God’s light is forever there shining,
How beautiful heaven must be.
3. Pure waters of life there are flowing,
And all who will drink may be free;
Rare jewels of splendor are glowing,
How beautiful heaven must be.
4. The angels so sweetly are singing,
Up there by the beautiful sea;
Sweet chords from their gold harps are ringing,
How beautiful heaven must be.

Mrs. A.S. Bridgewater

My pastor at our former church; Pastor Ron Ramey, would often sing this song at funerals. We’d also sing it as a congregation during worship. An old hymn that you’re not likely to hear in this post-modern church era unless you’re sitting in a Southern Baptist church with blue-haired saints. I’m not a Southern Baptist blue-haired saint; but it moves me nonetheless.
I hear this song in my pastor’s sweet voice with Tina (t-fab) singing harmony and picture the tear-streaked faces of the family of God as we all considered this place that’s called heaven.
I don’t know what heaven will be like. As a kid when I heard about 10,000 years of worship I was quite convinced that it sounded pretty boring and miserable. I’m not a scholar of pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib or New Jerusalem theory. Frankly, I just really don’t feel drawn to that specific study at this point in my life. Seems like of all the scripture; that part will pretty much explain itself eventually.
So for now; I like to let my mind wander in wonder of how beautiful heaven must be. I know it is the sweet home of the happy and free. I know it will be a place of rest for the weary and I have been so weary at times that this promise has been my only hope.
I don’t know what heaven will be like but somehow; it still makes me cry to think about it. I think I’ll live in my Farm there, I really do. I think my grandpa will make apple pies and green beans in heaven. I think I’ll find the unfulfilled longings of my heart there and I will be finally full of the things I yearn for. I think that there are pulls in my heart that will carry over to heaven and I will be completed there.
I think my son will eat wheat in heaven with a big smile on his face.
I think Mac will play football in God’s big, big yard (any Audio A fans in the house?)
I don’t know what else I’ll find in heaven but I don’t think it will involve floating on clouds for 10,000 years.
What do you think heaven will be?


Margie said...

I'll sing up there while my mom cooks something I can't ever remember eating because it's her specialty. And I'll be thin...

It's a big big house with lots and lots of room. There's a big big table with lots and lots of food. There's a big big yard, where we can play football... it my Father's house!

KayMac said...

Your post is making homesick to the very deepest part of live in a world, fully redeemed by our Christ, with fully redeemed people, and appreciating it from a fully redeemed heart...


Anonymous said...

heaven is where the blue haired saints assemble! ah, the old days.

i love that song. it was my gramps favorite, too.

Anonymous said...

Heaven is where bolgger friends miles away will one day meet.

MSUgal86 said...

a place where everyone is equally beautiful

Birmingham Girl said...

It's like the other song Ron sang,
"I'm kind of homesick, for a city..." I can't help but think of my dad in that beautiful city, the city where there will be no more sickness, no poverty, no strife, and we will sing praises to the King..I'm getting very homesick my self for that city.

Sara said...

i'm homesick too.

dawnaj1958 said...

What a beautiful thing to post about. I used to sing a song called "Next Time We Meet" That's what Heaven will be like for time we meet there'll be no more tears. We will be time. Thank you Sara.

Live, Love, Laugh said...

I am with you, I believe heaven will be a place where living and love will be defined in a way we cannot even fathom. I believe if we had a tiny glimpse we would run so fast towards God, because we would see such an incredible difference in the things we hang onto here and the things God has planned for us there.

Anonymous said...

I think Heaven is coming to earth (Rev. 21) and believe we are to pray and live it forward (Mt 6). God's Kingdom is growing and taking over this planet as redemption through Christ is restoring all things.

Deb said...

....and the things of earth will grow strangely the light of His glory and grace...