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Would We Truly Long for Heaven?

Would We Truly Long for Heaven?
Would we truly long for heaven 
If this life was perfect here,
If we had no pain or heartache,
If we never shed a tear?

If we had no disappointments,
And our dreams would all come true,
Could we keep that heav’nly vision
And that deep eternal view?

Would we truly long for Heaven
If we never gave a sigh,
If the old were always taken,
And the young would never die?

If we had no cherished loved ones
Waiting at the eastern gate,
Would we truly long for Heaven
And reunion that awaits?

Would we truly long for Heaven
At the ending of the road,
If our backs were never bleeding
From the burden of the load?

If the sun was always shining,
If we never felt a gale,
Would we long for Heaven’s Harbour
To be safe within the veil?

Would we truly long for Heaven
And the bliss of yonder shore,
If we had no loved ones tugging
On the line at Heaven’s door?

If our precious family circle
Never was broken here below,
Would we truly long for Heaven
Where our loved ones we shall know?

Yes, dear Savior, we are longing
To be safe on Heaven’s shore,
And these trials only make us
Long for Heaven more and more.

And we see that Thou art using
Every trial of each day
As a tug from Heaven’s anchor
Just to pull us Heaven’s way. 
–Elizabeth Drudge

This song really struck a chord this weekend as I listen to the Buffalo Valley Men’s Octet at Wilkes-Barre Mennonite Church Sunday morning. If my life was perfect, what would I have to look forward too? If no one ever died, who would I miss? 

Then I thought, do I truly long for heaven with each passing day? Does each day find me longing for the day when I will see my Savior’s face? Scriptures reveal the day is fast approaching – 

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye 
have heard that antichrist shall come, even 
now are there many antichrists; whereby we 
know that it is the last time.(1 John 2:18)

Many false teachers are in our presence, attempting to teach “new” doctrine and doing away with “old” doctrine. But God’s Word is unchanging! He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

My challenge to you is to truly long for heaven. Stay strong in the True faith of God as we are in the last days. Heaven awaits for those who have remained faithful to the calling of God on their lives. some final Scripture for you –
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary
 the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, 
seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)

5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (Revelations 21:5-7)
The joy that awaits us truly outweighs the pleasure and luxury of this world!
Truly longing for heaven!

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