Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Earth Is Not Heaven...

If this was all there was, then hope
Would be a mockery 

 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. 
In this world you will have trouble. 
But take heart! I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

Logic cannot ration Reason
It cannot explain Unseen
Earth is not a slice of heaven
But the steppingstone between

All the love we have been given
Is not immune to life’s care
Earth will never be like heaven
Just the means to getting there

This brief blip of hurt and hunger
With happiness tucked betwixt
Where nobody can grow younger
Should make us make sure of this…

With time’s what-why-how and wherefore
That its days and years allow
We should never, ever ignore
Who we should acknowledge now!

Here we beg, barter and bluster
Beneath Mercy’s loyalties
But the best that we can muster
Is a trove of memories

…where gross under-estimation
Makes us think God isn’t fair
As if somehow earth was heaven
Not its sorrow-stricken stair

© Janet Martin

 However, as it is written:
 "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, 
and what no human mind has conceived" -- 
the things God has prepared for those who love him--
1 Cor.2:9

I’ve heard this quote stated in a few ways…

For a believer this life is as bad as it gets
For an unbeliever this life is as good as it gets


For an unbeliever earth is as close to heaven as they will get
For a believer earth is as close to hell as they will get

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