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Can you imagine heaven on Earth?

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I was sitting out on my front porch, swinging gently in my swing, book in hand and cat lying beside me. As I sat there, I thought about how nice that was and how grateful I am for what God has given me.

My mother used to say she believed that heaven will be on the planet Earth, and I thought as I swung about how heaven for me could be just what I was experiencing then. Except God would be there in all of His glory, and that’s what will really count.

Some energetic person before we moved into our house had planted all sorts of beautiful flowers and trees in our yard, and as I looked out on it, I could see some of them, too. God is amazing for all the plants He has provided us to enjoy, to eat and to even use as the basis for medicines. For example, aspirin came from tree bark.

One of the singers from the singing group MercyMe wrote a song called “I Can Imagine,” the lyrics about a man thinking about what his now dead father might be experiencing in heaven and how he himself might act when he gets there.

So, I am imaging what heaven will be like, based on what I am enjoying here on earth. The book of Revelation describes what the apostle John experienced in a vision about heaven and what he says is amazing. For instance, he describes a river flowing from the throne of God and unending sunlight. Yay, no tornadoes, earthquakes, or any other terrible experiences on the planet we live on. No more death or sickness or sorrow of any kind.

Scripture tells us that we just can’t imagine with our current brains what God has planned and is readying for us (1 Corinthians 2:9; John 14:3). But we know through the Holy Spirit some of what to expect, as written in the Bible.

Ultimately, we know that whatever heaven is like, it will be wonderful!

Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.