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Living my faith as the awkward man of God that I am.


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The Boredom of Heaven

I’ve made a deal with God that when I get to heaven and all’s said and done, the Secondsong-to-sing Coming is all wrapped up, evil is defeated for good and Christ reigns over all in glory forever, that I’ll get to do a solo song in praise of the his supremely beautiful Mother. This being due to the fact that He gave me such a lousy singing voice here on earth.

But I digress. Tonight some of the teens teens I work with expressed concern over being bored in heaven; an eternity with God, awesome! But that’s going to get kind of repetitive after awhile, isn’t it? Well no, not really… not at all. There will be no boredom in heaven. There simply can’t be.

Boredom

Look at it this way, all creation is an expression of the unending, over-flowing love of God. Every single thing that exists does so as an expression of God. Of course we have twisted many things, if we’re being honest we twist pretty much everything, into something selfish, but in it’s very nature, all things exist for God, in God and through God, which means that all things are designed as an expression of God and his love. Therefor, the enjoyment we receive from any created thing, or person, is in part a reflection of God.

Therefore, it stands to reason that if you love Hot and Now Krispy Kreme Donuts (and who doesn’t?!) then you’ll find that joy in heaven as well. If you love flying down the road with the top down and the wind in your hair, then that joy will be found in heaven. If you love sitting on a mountain top and gazing in wonder at creation then that joy will be there for you. If you love the thrill of jumping from a perfectly good airplane, or the excitement of asking someone out on a date for the first time, or reading a good book on a rainy day with your favorite cup of coffee or tea, then those joys will be there in heaven too!

But in an even fuller, pure, more prefected way. Because in most things we engage with here on earth they are at least tinged with imperfection and sin, even the marital embrace of a loving husband and wife is more often than not tinged with selfishness. But in heaven, the fleeting and imperfect nature of all things will be transformed in glorious beauty. And lest we think of heaven as an earth-less cloud-like existence, remember in Scripture it tells us that the old earth and heaven will pass away and a new earth and a new heaven will come. It will be even more beautiful than Eden. In fact it has to be, just like we will be more glorious than Adam and Eve in the pre-fallen state. This new heaven and earth will be in perfect harmony and perfect and complete union!

Solitude

As I was in the chapel this afternoon praying I imagined that, as it says in Rev. 8:1, “When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” I imagined what that would be like… all the angels and saints standing in worship around the throne of God and complete in utter silence, gazing in awe… a half hour passes of this collective breathlessness and sheer wonder… then Michael, the chief of the Seraphim begins singing the glorious hymn,

‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might

And as he nears the last line the entire company of heaven breaks in…

be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’

And eternity begins as all the joy and goodness on earth find the perfection and fulfillment united to our Glorious God and the unending symphony of praise cascades throughout the new heaven and earth.  And the thrill of being pursued by the Divine Lover, and wonder at being caught up in His arms will continue eternally, ever ancient and ever new.

Let the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” (Rev. 22:17)

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