Eternity Explained

 

Sometimes this world feels so dark,

so stressful, so pointless, so hard,

constantly trapped in non-stop battle.

We long for something better.

We long for everything and everyone to be good.

Then we look up from the darkness.

We look above and beyond.

Where else is there to look?

 

Therefore...

 

Eternity! Infinite time. Endless ages.

A sun always on the rise, never falling into dark.

Fountain of youth. Tree of life. Immortality.

Ever feeling fresh in the glory of unending morning!

Heaven. Nirvana. Paradise. Valhalla. Promised land.

Swords into plowshares. Lions lay down with lambs.

Peace. Contentment. Safety.

We want it. We yearn for it.

More than mere gazing at the stars,

we want to live among the galaxies

and pick flowers on other worlds.

We want to be one with the universe

and the universe to be one, forever.

 

But…

 

With bright dreams for tomorrow

we are stuck in the darkness of today.

Good vs evil. God vs devil.

Person against person. Nation against nation.

Life and death. Suffering and joy.

Confusion. Contradiction. Depression.

Why?

Why is it like this?

How did it get this way?

How do we escape?

Will it ever end?

 

These are big questions

demanding big answers.

It will take time and thought,

but they will be rewarded.

Climbing the mountain of perspective

we will gain the insight of ages.

Understanding the years

gives meaning and value to our days.

 

Sometimes...

 

In our efforts to understand,

to be good people,

and to live good lives,

we suffer abuse.

We are hated by the hypocrites.

We are accused by the self-righteous.

On the pathway of life

we are tripped by hurtful obstacles.

 

But…

 

We are not alone.

There is a solution bigger than our problems.

There is peace greater than all the pain.

There is a future brighter and more real than today.

So why lose with the losers?

Why die with the killers?

 

Eternity really does exist.

We live it or leave it by choice.

That makes it worthy of consideration

and reconsideration.

Because forever can be understood,

perfect peace can be experienced,

and infinite confidence can be tasted

starting here and now

and on through endless ages

by all who keep their eyes toward heaven

and their hearts warm

with faith, hope, and love.