Another time and place

In my experience, there have been far too many cheap songs about heaven.  For me, the notions of God as schoolmarm calling the roll, and of heaven as “the land beyond the river” and as the place where there are “no more tears” and such simply don’t do justice to our our promised afterlife.  I’m more engaged by songs that call attention to God at the center, such as in the timeless pictures given in Revelation.

Sandy Patti made this song somewhat popular several years ago, and it still inspires me (emphases mine, but also somewhat inherent in the musical setting!):

I’ve always heard there is a land
Beyond the mortal dreams of man
Where every tear will be left behind
But it must be in another time
There’ll be an everlasting light
Shining a purest holy white
And every fear will be erased
But it must be in another place

I’ve grown so tired of earthly things
They promise peace but furnish pain
All of life’s sweetest joys combined
Could never match those in another time
And though I’ve put my trust in Christ
And felt His Spirit move in my life
I know it’s truly just a taste
Of His glory in another place

So, I’m waiting for another time and another place
Where all my hopes and dreams will be captured
With one look at Jesus’ face

Oh, my heart’s been burnin’
My soul keeps yearnin’
Sometimes I can’t hardly wait
For that sweet, sweet someday
When I’ll be swept away
To another time and another place

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