Sunday, January 15, 2006

I believe. In Heaven

I do.
I believe it is a real place,
or Jesus would not have been so clear about it.
What He is not clear about, we tend to imagine, ruminate upon, and ponder to fill in the blanks with perhaps our own constructs.
So of all the questions that spiritual people would ask about heaven, my niche as you might guess is to ask the silly mundane questions. Here are a few:
Will we get to sleep? I really like to sleep, and then that feeling of waking up. Can we at least simulate the waking up with the sun streaming in the window feeling?

Do we wear clothes?
I am so looking forward to a place without costumes!
And practically speaking, who would you get to work in heaven's laundry room? Think of all the water, detergent and bleach we will save if we leave not just our shoes, but our whole closet full of cloaking devices at the door.

When it comes to breakfast, dear Lord I am really hoping for toast and coffee. I have no doubt, father, that you are the perfect host. If you were looking for one thing that would go with each glorious daybreak, to remind your children of the comforts you gave during our visit to this tear stained planet, make mine toast and coffee.
with milk
No sugar

Thank you!

15 comments:

Zen Wizard said...

I think my deathbed repentance will probably just yield a shotgun shack on the outskirts of Heaventown, and a microwaved Jimmy Dean sausage biscuit every morning, but I hope you get everything you want!!

sister celtic said...

DAVID THIS IS WHAT I THINK OF SINCE I READ IT IN THE JOYFUL CHRISTIAN BY C.S. LEWIS...
THE CHAPTER IS: INTERCOURSE IN THE AFTERLIFE...
THE LETTER AND SPIRIT OF SCRIPTURE, AND ALL CHRISTIANITY, FORBID US TO SUPPOSE THAT THE LIFE IN THE NEW CREATION WILL BE A SEXUAL LIFE; AND THIS REDUCES OUR IMAGINATION TO THE WITHERING ALTERNATIVE EITHER OF BODIES WHICH ARE HARDLY RECOGNIZABLE AS HUMAN BODIES AT ALL OR A PERPETUAL FAST. AS REGARDS THE FAST, I THINK OUR PRESENT OUTLOOK MIGHT BE LIKE A SMALL BOY WHO, ON BEING TOLD THAT THE SEXUAL ACT WAS THE HIGHEST BODILY PLEASURE, SHOULD IMMIDIATLY ASK WHEATHER YOU ATE CHOCOLATES AT THE SAME TIME. ON RECEIVING THE ANSWER "NO" HE MIGHT REGARD THE ABSENCE OF CHOCOLATE AS THE CHEIF CHARACTERISTIC OF SEXUALITY. IN VAIN WOULD YOU TELL HIM THAT THE REASON WHY LOVERS IN THEIR CARNAL RAPTURES DON'T BOTHER ABOUT CHOCOLATES IS THAT THEY HAVE SOMETHING BETTER TO THINK OF. THE BOY KNOWS CHOCOLATES: HE DOES NOT KNOW THE POSITIVE THING THAT EXCLUDES IT. WE ARE IN THE SAME POSITION. WE KNOW THE SEXUAL LIFE; WE DO NOT KNOW, EXCEPT IN GLIMPSES THE OTHER THING WHICH, IN HEAVEN WILL LEAVE NO ROOM FOR IT. HENCE WHERE FULLNESS AWAITS US WE ANTICIPATE FASTING.

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Joyce said...

I certainly can't say for sure, but 99% of the most satisfying Christian activities I have participated in also include eating!! We just returned from a awe-inspiring trip from Mexico with a wonderful group of people from the US and from Mexico. We ate together twice a day. And what joy we shared!!! So I'm thinking eating is still on the agenda--but not calories or gaining weight!!

Joe said...

Questions we have all asked...if occasionally in jest.

Whatever it is like, we will like it. No, we will love it. No, we will be ecstatic over it!

lady_wisdom said...

I am hoping there will be large gardens with NO weeds, NO bad bugs, and NO diseases. After all, when God started this whole thing, it was in the GARDEN of Eden! And if we do wear clothes I imagine they will not get dirty. Like you said, it wouldn't be heaven if one has to do laundry. ;)

margalit said...

Sorry, no afterlife for this Jew.

Michele sent me.

Sandy said...

David, this is great fun1 I have never bothered to really think sensibly about what Heaven might be like. I suppose I imagined sitting around in some idyllic place without anything much to do which in reality would be very boring. I always imagined clothes,but yes... who would do the laundry?
My idea of heaven from this earthly realm, would be to have unlimited supplies of art materials.Also some good quality clean, white writing paper, for when the writing mood strikes meAND the time to do those things.

Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I am still having trouble uploading images. I do have
"Hello"and Picasa and according to the responses I get, I am doing everything right BUT 'error'pops up and nothing gets to the blog.
I shall keep trying.

WendyWings said...

Whatever it is it will be perfect, although toast and coffee sure sounds good :)
Michele sent me today

Sandy said...

Clearly something you've ruminated over for some time. Ha. Love the list. Right now, my three-year-olds biggest heaven related question is "Do they have toys?" After that, he wants to know what happens if the toys break. We've left him with - If Jesus was able to turn water into wine, I'm sure he can repair a Rescue Hero.

Suburban Turmoil said...

Cool post. I have all those questions too. My theory is that the reason we never really "hear" from the dead is that if you die and it's infinity, then it seems like it takes the blink of an eye before all your loved ones are with you. Does that make sense? It's comforting to me, anyway...

Michele sent me, but I'll be back! :)

sage said...

Sugarloaf Mt--that's in Maine, isn't it, but it's not nearly 7000 feet. I like the sound of your post. I don't know a lot about what heaven will be like, but I'm sure it will be void of speed bumps! blessings (oh yeah, I came from Michele's)

Plumkrazzee said...

Yes, I really DID say that! Good post.......I don't care what it's like, as long as i'm there. (and I will be!)

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archshrk said...

Michele sent me (sort of)
This is better than my "Poll about Heaven" I think I'll expand that post . You've inspired me!

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