JUST CONTEMPLATING

Just what is heaven like?  Not too much comes to mind.

There is happiness complete!  But mostly undefined.

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Descriptions often swarm of favorite spots on earth,

Giddy thrills complete with laughter, chills and mirth.

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But some joys more subdued contingent not on place,

Dependent not on fixtures, guy toys, or pretty face.

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What then can we say about this vast unknown?

Paradise, Third Heaven, so much to Paul was shown!

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“Unlawful,” were his words regarding what he saw. (*)

Kept true to his vision.  He did not break God’s law!

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But I had no such vision or law containing me.

All imagination and guess what it comes free!

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Does not the bible tell us to encourage one another

With our future habitation with each other forever?

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Consider God, The Father, loving us the way He does.

Would He deny any to those He dearly loves? (**)

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Consider too, the suffering He bore for you and me,

That we may live in heaven with Him eternally!

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So imagine what you will, you cannot exceed His love!

For your complete enjoyment, He placed galaxies above.

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Many mansions without end!  Think there is room for you?

Would not be surprised!  With everyday something new!

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So come and go with me to my father’s home

Where it is not against the law to investigate or roam!

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Where you will never be kicked out for lack of rent to pay

Play with the stars and the satellites all day!

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Now consider Jesus, who for the joy He foreknew

Endured the cross, bore the shame, did all He could do–

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To prove His love, take us there, Third Heaven, Paradise,

His greatest joy to take us home.  All by His device!

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(*)  II Corinthians 12:1-6

(**) Better believe He would not!

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Sam Cox 01.18.04

PARADISE IS (II Corinthians 12:4)

I have no charge from God to keep silent

Over things apocalyptic by device.

No vision from God of the future

As had Paul of third heaven, paradise.

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So why is it considered ludicrous

To contemplate imaginatively

The joys God has planned for His beloved?

Fantastic joys for you and for me.

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We are to comfort one another with these words,

Words about our future God has planned.

Many mansions, so do not be troubled

And positions for many to command. (1)

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Considering the wide open spaces,

(I do not mean deep in the heart of…)

Desert land?  Not nearly space enough!

But galaxies God’s space up above!

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Ridiculous?  No!  I do not think so!

Ridiculous it is to assume

That every orb that God put out there

Is as dead as Mars or the moon!

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So why is it thought of as peculiar

Assuming live planets, out in space?

Did God create voids unpredictably?

Not a chance, considering His grace!

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He is gracious!  He is loving and almighty!

And He said, “I go to prepare…” (2)

In His house we are told, “Are many mansions,”

And by God’s grace there is one for me there!

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(1) “   ruler over many…”

(2) John 14

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Sam Cox

THANATOPSIS?

How to activate the vision to see beyond the stars,

Beyond the Milky Way, our sun, Jupiter and Mars.

Imagination that is the key, just wander in the sky

It will take throughout eternity!  But first we must die!

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Death so simple, so precise, a momentary change.

The spirit leaves the body, nothing else to rearrange,

Except the change so radical hard to understand.

We are recognized, called by name, yes!  By God’s command!

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Paul was caught up to the third heaven, “Paradise,” he said!

“Unlawful to repeat.” That is where Angels love to tread,

So God wants to surprise us!  How happy we should be!

We will be with Him forever!  It is God’s eternity!

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He will send us when He wants us!  He is the boss, you know.

If Saturn is where He wants me I will be glad to go!

Maybe some light years away but with speed of thought

Time and space are meaningless, yes that is what we have got!

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Eternity with the spirit clad, matter will not matter,

The din of time obliterated, done obnoxious clatter!

Reality?  The spirit world!  It will extend forever!

The sounds of heaven soothing, clear!  Percussive sounds?  No never!

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In Heaven music from The King!  Of course, He is the Master!

What we hear now just compare nothing short of disaster,

Noise!  Not tuned to heaven’s sounds, tangy and abrasive.

To worship adoration not at all conducive!

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So what we have here we must live out!  Cannot hasten the process

Of dying!  God has work for us while here we must focus

Contributive to living in this life, in the dying!

Lying down to pleasant dreams to waken in the morning!

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Meet you there!

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Sam Cox today 05.31.05