Heaven Is Our Hope
The Lord promises eternal life to all who believe in Him and hope in His mercy. How can the heart turn away from such immensity of love? The hope of eternal life can sustain and uplift us in all the joys and sorrows of this short life. Death awaits us all, but will we choose to accept the gift of life eternal?
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12.3)
Joy is the taste of love rising:
Purified soul and Risen Son;
Spirits enmeshed in their being —
Eternal life lived out as one.
Salvation’s hope will be realized,
And only tears of joy will flow;
Though heaven’s joy is but surmised,
The Risen Lord is what we know.
When we rise, we’ll be as He is;
Sharing in His glory and grace,
Abiding in love and pure bliss,
He has prepared the dwelling place!
Eternal life is tasted here,
In joys that flow Spirit to soul.
The heart dances as He draws near;
He is essence that makes us whole.
Our hearts will overflow with praise;
Rejoicing in the Lord always.
“Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship Him day and night within His temple, and the One who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of the water of life and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'” (Revelations 7.14b-17)
O Risen Lord, draw me hope to Your eternal throne. May we be one, in all, made whole for all eternity. Amen.
(c) Paul Buis, 2009