Thursday, June 28, 2012

Contemplating Eternity - Chris Whitler

With some editorial contribution (that made it way better) by Aaron Alford

It’s hard to contemplate eternity with bills on your desk
Difficult to philosophize when your lists are being pests
I’m supposed to think on infinity with the vacuum cleaner going?
I’m too distracted to ask about the nature of being or knowing.

Payments, measures, units, charts, accounts, passwords and numbers
Plastics, metals, poly-blended fabrics, concrete, oil and lumber
All hide the real that’s swirling there, those secret constellations
Beneath our falsities, attempts, and pitiful fabrications

But peel it back a little and our mouths would be agape
At Existence itself under all that’s known, full of light and weight
The song of a rose in a vacant lot, a door that’s found by a key
All around us, if we stop to hear, the sound of Eternity

Sharing, giving, friendship, time, people, conversation
Earth, water, health, paths and joy and recreation
Work, beauty, nature, rest and laughter, tears and blood
Infinitely upward, further inward: Eternity is love.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Preparing for Eternity - Shelly Wason

See more of Shelly's Photography at her photoblog

You pierce me - 
right through my veil of gossamer
weaving your strand of three,
fashioning what lies beneath.

This image speaks to me of the Bride's preparation for the greatest wedding ever that will kick off the rest of Eternity.

"Let us rejoice and shout for joy [exulting and triumphant]! Let us celebrate and ascribe to Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb [at last] has come, and His bride has prepared herself.

She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen, dazzling and white—for the fine linen is (signifies, represents) the righteousness (the upright, just, and godly living, deeds, and conduct, and right standing with God) of the saints (God’s holy people)."

Rev 19:7-8  Amplified