Many will say:

Those who do this

and steer clear of that

clearly have God

tucked under their hat.

And those who’ve insured

themselves against fire

by naming the cross

and defaming desire

are certain their names

must appear on His list.

And if He complains

they’ll firmly insist

“You’re mistaken, I’ve done

everything that You said,

I drank all Your wine

and ate all Your bread…

“So why don’t I feel

like abiding here now?

You aren’t what I’ve loved.

Where’s my sacred Cow?

When I look all around

I don’t see a trace

of the heaven I’ve built,

no, it’s not in this place”

But the One says:

There are those who have burned

in their hearts to heal others

and ached at the loss

of their sisters and brothers,

acquitting the worst

and illuming their night.

And despite their own failings,

refusing the flight

that beckons with death,

they strive once again

to align every breath

with the presence of Him

whom they’ve loved since they learned

that He shed from his side

the one balm that heals

their festering pride.

When finally they gaze

in His eyes they’ll see home,

not citings or symbols

but His presence alone.

And then as they look

on this setting again

they’ll see heaven’s been built

out of His love for them.


About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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16 Responses to Heaven?

  1. Trudy Teemley says:

    Very nice, Honey!

    Trudy E Teemley
    Northminster Presbyterian Church
    703 Compton Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45231

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This was perfect. Thanks for sharing it God Bless you 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    What a moving poem. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rashellbud says:

    Beautifully said and deeply thought provoking

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Aquileana says:

    Mitch… beautiful poem and so moving too. Spiritual and religious metaphors are powerfully combined here. Such a transcendent journey leading to God!. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you the best! 😉

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  6. Definitely reblogging this one! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Reblogged this on heartshabitation and commented:
    From one of my favourite bloggers.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Roos Ruse says:

    Such craftsmanship, Mitch. Beautifully put.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. This brought tears to my eyes.

    Liked by 1 person

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