To imagine there’s no heaven
but one on earth, it isn’t hard to do . . .
Think of all the good
that you have ever known,
all the joy, peace, happiness, pleasure, delight, and beauty.
Imagine all the good times, friends, grace-filled family reunions,
banquets and feasts, and all the fabulous places, sunsets, paintings, crescent moons.
Recall the many aqua summer evenings of pure bliss
sitting out under the stars with friends around a fire of embers.
Remember all the moments of shimmering wonder at the sea
and how we marveled at God’s awe-filled universe.
Consider the times of laughter
that made us roll on the ground in fitful abandon.
Bring back to mind the incomparable joy of first knowing
that Jesus is the King of creation,
suddenly to see this world as it is
with eyes and heart open to love its glories.
In other words, picture life as you know it now
without any consequence of corruption.
Yet, even more, consider “heaven” as the eternally creative life
we have now begun in this world to its very fullest extent
before his glorious presence.
Then, it isn’t hard to imagine a brotherhood without “religion”
when the world will be as one,
with no greed nor hunger,
the peace of perfect shalom,
no death nor destruction when all the kingdoms of the earth
become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ.