Dear Reverend, what have you done?

meine-liebe-300x300Today in church you had your sermon about Heaven being not that far. You told the congregation and you told me, that Heaven is like the room next door. You said we need not look up beyond the stars or higher than the sky, we needn’t go that far, the moment we were dead and gone from this old world.

All my life I had this view of an awesome Heaven beyond our Universe, where God resides and looks upon our beautiful Earth, the stars and planets He created. I stood in wonderful awe to look at Mars and Venus in the sky at night in the dark and I praised God for such a beauty. I was amazed by pictures of our solar system on the internet and when I saw this one of Saturn it just made me cry.

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Years ago, when I was really ill, I prayed that when it was my time and when I had to go, God would give me the scenic route to Heaven. And that He would let me give a closer look on all these stars and planets, galaxies that floated round in the All that he once made, the Universe that He created. I had this vision of a journey beyond our moon and planets, and perhaps behind our Sun, and with a heart that jumped for every joy of colours in the stars and planets on my way.

Dear Reverend, what have you done? I don’t have to go to a place light years from here? And Heaven is a place next door? Unseen but yet existant in our unknown future?

And then it occurred in my mind that God is omnipresent, He is everywhere. Dear Reverend, I challenge you with this question: Could Heaven not just be everywhere too? Higher than the blue skies too?

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Leendert van Gemeren

Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.


This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.

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