What is you concept of God and heaven? A couple of years ago, I reflected on the concept of God that I was taught as a child; what the Bible taught us about God, and now, in my winter of life, what I think about those images and concepts. I saw this sign along the road a few years ago. This poem addresses more questions than answers. What do you visualize when you think of God?
At the end of the road when my life is done
what will I find will there be one…
who will meet me there at the pearly gates
with hands outstretched no need to wait?
Will he be tall, short, fat, or thin;
When he sees me will he break out with a grin?
Interesting to me how we fantasize
seeing God like us, as we rationalize…
Dreaming that descriptions of hands and face
describe a reality that has no race.
Metaphors become reality as we describe our God,
forgetting he is Spirit, and that would be odd;
For a Spirit has no shape, no hands to hold tight
Only a presence of the purest light.
So whether God is he she or it,
the God we meet will probably not fit
the idea we have in the back of our mind.
Won’t it be interesting what we will find
…at the end of the road?
Photo: Dwight L. Roth