No One Expected Me


Surprise in Heaven

I dreamt death came the other night
And Heaven’s gate swung wide.
An angel with a halo bright
Ushered me inside.

And there! To my astonishment
Stood folks I’d judged and labelled
As “quite unfit”, “of little worth”,
And “spiritually disabled”.

Indignant words rose to my lips
But never were set free,
For every face showed stunned surprise —
Not one expected me!


Old Ladies, Big City

We feared travelling to the big city. We feared the towering buildings, the bright lights and the mobs of people. We worried about traffic signals and muggings. And we weren’t even there yet; we were only on the highway on the way to the big city of Toronto. And when we got there? We found people just like us; no muggings, at least to anyone we knew. We even made it home unscathed.

Do you think heaven is like that? We fear the journey, our dying and the actual destination too, simply because we’ve never been there before.

The Bible offers several tidbits about heaven. God made both heavens and earth. (Genesis 1:1) God is there. (Matthew 6:9) Jesus returned there after his time on earth. (Acts 1:1-2)

We should store our treasures there. (Matthew 6:19-20) Obedience to the will of God is the entrance key. (Matthew 7:21) At the name of Jesus every knee will bow whether in heaven or on earth. (Philippians 2:10)

And our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20)

So then fear not the big city, the unknown place… for God eagerly awaits us and the journey doesn’t have to be scary.

Prayer – Lord when our time comes, help us not to fear the wonderfully exciting journey ahead. Amen

Prayer on Christmas Day

Christmas Day Prayer

I salute you!

There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much that while I cannot give, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven.

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take Peace.

The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.  Take joy.

And so at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away. –Fra. Giovanni, A.D. 1513


Should you go first and I remain,

Should you go first and I remain, to walk the road alone
I’ll live in memory’s garden dear, with happy days we’ve known.
In spring I’ll wait for roses red, when fades the lilacs bloom
And in early fall when brown leaves fall, I’ll catch a glimpse of you.
 Should you go first and I remain, For battles to be fought
 Each thing you’ve touched along the way, will be a hallowed spot.
I’ll hear your voice. I’ll see your smile though blindly I may grope
 The memory of your helping hand, will buoy me on with hope.
Should you go first and I remain, to finish with the scroll
No lessening shadows shall ever creep in to make this life seem droll.
We’ve known so much of happiness, we’ve had our cup of joy
 And memory is one gift of God, that death cannot destroy
 I want to know each step you take, that I may walk the same
For someday down that lonely road, you’ll hear me call your name
Should you go first and I remain, one thing I’ll have you do
Walk slowly down that long long path, for someday I’ll follow you
Beyond the sunset Oh blissful morning When with our savior, Heaven is begun
Earth’s toiling ended, Oh glorious dawning Beyond the sunset When day is done

Are You Laying Eggs?

“There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of ‘Heaven’ ridiculous by saying they do not want to spend eternity playing harps.’ The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them.

All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc) is of course, a merely symbolical attempt to express the inexpressible.

People who take these symbols literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, He meant that we were to lay eggs.”

(C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: The MacMillan Company, 1952),106

(Quoted by Dan Schaeffer, A Better Country (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Discovery House, 2008) 43-44