In the triangle of love between ourselves, God, and other people, is found the secret of existence, and the best foretaste I suspect, that we can have on earth of what heaven will probably be like.
Samuel M. Shoemaker
We all long for heaven where God is, but we have it in our power to be in heaven with Him right now- to be happy with Him at this very moment. But being happy with Him now means loving like He loves, helping like He helps, giving as He gives, serving as He serves, rescuing as He rescues, being with Him twenty-four hours a day- touching Him in His distressing disguise.
The world rings changes, it is never constant but in its disappointments. The world is but a great inn, where we are to stay a night or two, and be gone; what madness is it so to set our heart upon our inn, as to forget our home?
To pretend to describe the excellence, the greatness of duration of the happiness of heaven by the most artful composition of words would be but to darken and cloud it; to talk of raptures and ecstasies, joy and singing, is but to set forth very low shadows of the reality.
How far away is heaven? It is not so far as some imagine. It wasn’t very far for Daniel. It was not so far off that Elijah’s prayer, and those of others could not be heard there. Men full of the Spirit can look right into heaven.
Dwight L. Moody
What kind of place is heaven? First, heaven is home. The Bible takes the word “home,” with all its tender associations and with all of its sacred memories and tells us that heaven is home. Second, heaven is a home which is permanent. We have the promise of a home where Christ’s followers will remain forever. Third, the Bible teaches that heaven is a home which is beautiful beyond every imagination. Heaven could not help but be so, because God is a God of beauty. Fourth, the Bible teaches that heaven will be a home which is happy, because there will be nothing to make it sad. In heaven, families and friends will be reunited. God’s house will be a happy home because Christ will be there. He will be the center of heaven. To Him all hearts will turn, and upon Him as eyes will rest.
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the slave trade, all left their mark on earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you will get neither.
C. S. Lewis
God is at home. We are in the far country.
Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
If nothing in this world satisfies me, perhaps it is because I was made for another world.
C. S. Lewis
In Christ Jesus heaven meets earth and earth ascends to heaven.
God’s in His Heaven – All’s right with the world.
Build your nest in no tree here…for the Lord of the forest has condemned the whole woods to be demolished.
Afflictions are the steps to heaven.
If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.
All this and heaven too.
Heaven is full of answers to prayers for which no one ever bothered to ask.
Our little time of suffering is not worthy of our first night’s welcome home to Heaven.
Of stepping on shore and finding it Heaven;
Of taking hold of a hand and finding it God’s hand;
Of breathing a new air and finding it celestial air;
Of feeling invigorated and finding it immortality;
Of passing from storm and tempest to an unbroken calm;
Of waking up, and finding it Home!
Robert E. Selle
Some read the Bible to learn, and some read the Bible to hear from heaven.
Lord, give me an open heart to find You everywhere, to glimpse the heaven enfolded in a bud, and to experience eternity in the smallest act of love.
The imagery of the heavens as being two thousand million light-years in diameter is awesome when compared to the tiny earth, but trivial when compared to the imagery of the “hand that measured the heavens.”
Fulton J. Sheen
We cannot resist the conviction that this world is for us only the porch of another and more magnificent temple of the Creator’s majesty.
Frederick William Faber
The Christian life is a pilgrimage from earth to heaven, and our task is to take as many as possible with us as we make this journey.
Three-hundred million years from now, the only thing that will matter is whether you’re in Heaven or in Hell.
Home interprets heaven;
Home is heaven for beginners.
Charles Henry Parkhurst
From heaven even the most miserable life will look like one bad night at an inconvenient hotel.
Teresa of Avila
I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell; and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.
C. S. Lewis
Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.
C. S. Lewis
If we look around us, a moment can seem a long time, but when we lift up our hearts heavenwards, a thousand years begin to be like a moment.