Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The dawn of heaven breaks

Just wanted to recommend a little book I worked on this year for Evangelical Press called The dawn of heaven breaks: Anticipating eternity by Sharon James (ISBN 9780852346419). It is a wonderful anthology of hymns, Bible verses and other writings on the theme of heaven. It is a great thing to give a believer, old or young, going through an illness, bereavement, struggles or even facing death.

I'll give you a little taste here from page 4-5 from Richard Baxter:

The Saints’ Everlasting Rest

How often do you think about heaven? One of the greatest pastors in church history, Richard Baxter (1615-1691) urged all Christians to set aside time each day to meditate on heaven. His first book was published in 1650, entitled The Saints’ Everlasting Rest. In it, he urged his readers to get alone, and think, and read, and pray:

Go away into a private place, at a convenient time, and put aside other distractions. Look up towards heaven. Remember that your everlasting rest is there. Meditate on its wonder and reality. Rise from sense to faith, by comparing heavenly with earthly joys, until you are transformed from a forgetful sinner, and a lover of the world, to an ardent lover of God. Meditate on heaven until you are changed from a fearful coward to a resolved Christian. Meditate until your unfruitful sadness is turned to joy. Meditate until your heart is weaned away from earth to heaven, until you are taken up with the delight of walking with God.

You will be as one who stands on the top of a high mountain looking down on the world below: fields, woods, cities and towns will seem like little spots. In fact that is how insignificant all earthly things will now appear! The most powerful rulers will seem as grasshoppers; the busy, contentious, covetous world, will be like a heap of ants. You will not fear the threats of men. You will not be attracted by the honours of the world. Temptations will lose their strong appeal. Afflictions will seem less grievous. Every mercy will be more greatly appreciated. And, by God’s grace, it is for you to choose whether you live this blessed life or not!

~ Richard Baxter ~

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great book !