Churches were never meant to be mental hospitals. They were supposed to be military outposts under orders to storm the gates of hell. Every believer is on active duty and called to serve a higher purpose with the rank of their blessings and talents.
May your sleep be your death, and your wakefulness be your heaven.
Yeah, but what does that even mean… heaven? Because see, I need to be able to put him somewhere, Zo. In my head, I mean. I need to be able to close my eyes and picture him and know he’s okay. And just saying the word heaven doesn’t help that much. Because like what is heaven, exactly? And where is it? And what do you do there?
What if my greatest disappointments, or the aching of this life, is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?
Heaven must be very beautiful, of course, the Bible says so – but, Anne, it won’t be what I’ve been used to.
Dance,’ they told me, and I stood still,
and while I stood quiet in line at the gate of the Kingdom, I danced.
‘Pray,’ they said, and I laughed,
covering myself in the earth’s brightnesses,
and then stole off gray into the midst of a revel,
and prayed like an orphan.
If it’s possible to send a message from heaven, I’ll get one to you.
Faith is throwing yourself into the arms of the unknown and trusting that you will be safe in the hands of that monster
Now the soul says, ‘Lord, where shall I go? You have the words of eternal life.’ [John 6: 68] Here he centers, here he settles. It is the entrance of heaven to him; he sees his interest in God.
Heaven is closer and more real than anything we experience in this life. And ultimately, I think that’s why I’ve seen these glimpses—I’m always on the lookout for them. I believe if you look closely, you can clearly experience them too.