Theme: Imagining HeavenIt seems only appropriate to begin with the song that inspired this new series. In my recent post on CatholicMom.com I shared my powerful reaction to the movie I Can Only Imagine. I was already familiar with the song through Amy Grant’s “Legacy” album. Thus, I felt it was appropriate to feature her version:
Imagine/Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesushttps://youtu.be/QrVEXuzTMNc
Pondering the musicAs you listen again, close your eyes and ponder these lyrics:
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of You be still Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall Will I sing hallelujah, Will I be able to speak at all I can only imagine, I can only imagine
- What do you imagine Heaven to be like? Ask the Holy Spirit to stimulate your imagination and then jot down your ideas.
- Imagine yourself in front of Jesus at your death. Can you see yourself reacting as the song describes? What do you think you might do?
- How does your faith in Heaven shape your feelings about dying? In describing any fears you might have, what does the hope of eternal life do to mitigate those fears?
- Take a moment and compose a prayer to God expressing your praise and awe at His love in redeeming you and welcoming you into His presence. Imagine the veil being lifted and seeing Jesus in His glory as you write or speak your prayer.
Copyright 2018 Susan W. Bailey
About the Author
Susan Bailey is the author of River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times (Ave Maria Press), and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message (ACTA Publications), part of their Literary Portals to Prayer series. Along with her blogs Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion, Susan writes for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press.