Great Expectations: not the Dickens novel, but the perspective of people of faith.
Some amazing places I’ve visited:
- The Grand Canyon
- The Great Wall of China
- The Mountain ranges of Alaska/Western Canada
- The view from the Empire State building’s observation deck
- The Statue of Liberty
- Jerusalem, London, Beijing, New York
- The Temple Mt. and the Garden of Gethsemane
- The oceans
Some I saw as a child, and some I’ve seen since. But all were places intentionally visited, with eager enthusiasm, and with great expectation.
The Final Expectation
I’ve seen wondrous things and visited magnificent places. But there is still one place on my list. It’s the place I’ve wanted to see most, but haven’t gotten there yet.
I want to see Heaven.
What Paul Said
To encourage those who were struggling, Paul wrote this:
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever.”
I Can Only Imagine
No pain. No hardship or heartaches. No disease, sickness or suffering. No abuse or cruelty. No hate, malice, or war. No greed. No oppression or poverty. No sadness. No mental illness. No more struggle. No more death.
It’s Why We Praise Him: From Psalm 145
I exalt You, my God the King,
and praise Your name forever and ever.
I will praise You every day;
I will honor Your name forever and ever.
Yahweh is great and is highly praised;
His greatness is unsearchable.
Worship is more than liturgies. Its more than reciting rote prayers and mumbling ancient hymns. It’s the expression of our minds and hearts and comes right out of soul. It’s our gift to God, the gift of honor and exaltation.
That’s why we praise him, that’s why we sing.