In 1971 John Lennon wrote the classic song "Imagine" encouraging us to imagine a world at peace without barriers of borders or divisions of religion and nationality, and consider the possibility of living a life unattached to material possessions.
Imagine shares a great message for this world choosing anarchy over order, insults over compliments, greed over generosity, crass over clever, profane over profound, hatred over love, war over peace, DEATH over LIFE, and where WRONG is the new RIGHT. I love this, but would happy just imaging a drive without rush hour traffic.
I do see one glaring problem with using the Imagine recipe for lasting peace and harmony. While I agree 'religion' is often a problem, the pure direction of Jesus to love the ONE true God and care for others is the only lasting answer for our tumultuous world. Oh, and so it goes without saying I love the promise of Heaven.
In 2001 Bart Millard of the Christian Rock band MercyMe wrote the song "I can only Imagine" which was inspired by the death of Millard's father and considers what it would be like in Heaven and to be standing before God.
I can only imagine hit me in a special way lately as my mom passed away this last December. So,
I do imagine what it must be like for mom to no longer be encumbered by her worn out 88 year old body.. and I smile.
I imagine what it must be like on the other plane of 'eternal existence'.
I imagine that Family Reuinion some day with family and friends. AND recently I have a growing excitement to being with Jesus, and to having the blinders of this world's limitations lifted.
So let me now share the side by side lyrics of Imagine and I Can Only Imagine. My purpose is not to declare one 'Imagining' better than the other, but both leave plenty to ponder. AND of course I also am sharing several cartoons imagining Heaven... and one toasty toon in the land WAY down under.
For those of you who kept reading this blog until the end, I pray you enjoyed and blessed by doing a little Imagining.
Jeff (Imagining a new cartoon right now) Larson
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson