From the Dan Zanes & Friends version of “Welcome Table”, the Offspring and I got on the subject of heaven via the line, “I’m going to feast on milk and honey”.
Dan Zanes, BTW, has been making wonderful music for years… simple folk songs with a lot of spiritual undertones and overtones. Beautiful stuff. I’ll find a link.
Con asked where the phrase “milk and honey” came from (biblical references describing the Promised Land) and said he thought it would be kinda gross (I agreed).
We talked about how some people describe what they think heaven will be like. One of his teachers said it would be like this world, only perfect. I liked that description. The discussion went on to how other people describe heaven in personal terms. You know – it’ll be this or that and have this one thing that makes me personally happy.
It occurred to me that this approach is hogwash.
“You know,” I said, “I don’t think heaven will be tailored for me as much as I will be tailored for heaven. The idea that heaven will be different things for different people seems impossible. I don’t think heaven will be made for me. I think I will be changed so I enjoy heaven.”
I have honestly never had this thought before in my life, but I think it’s true. I think all this stuff that clings to me as I cling to it – the stuff that makes me miserable and stressed out – I’ll be unburdened of all of that. My vision of how things should be and my urge to mold the world in that direction will be replaced by the realization that things are already the way they should be.
The Offspring said it sounded like something like what a philosopher would say and that made me kind of happy.
I shall now go try to distill it into a 140 character tweet.