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Faith & Life: My Eyes are on Eternity

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My Eyes are on Eternity

I am Heaven bound and thankful for salvation

by Joanne Troppello

I’ve been a Christian for a long time and got saved when I was 14 years old. I grew up in a Christian family and went to Sunday school as a young child. One of the first Bible verses I learned as a child, was John 3:16. This Bible verse says it all. Jesus died on the cross to save us from going to hell when we die because of our sin—and separation from God.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 (NKJV)

With current events and the unrest in our world, it seems like we get closer and closer each day to the End Times and Jesus’ return. When I was younger, I didn’t like to think about Heaven too much because I “had to live my life” and I “hoped I had many more years ahead of me” before Jesus returned.

However, the older I get—and closer I grow in my walk with the Lord—the more I long for Heaven. I don’t want to die tomorrow. I still have a will to live, but I’m not afraid to think about Heaven anymore.

Ever since our Pastor did a sermon series recently on a study of the End Times, I’ve been focusing on Heaven and thinking about what it will be like. I always take notes in church and review those notes each day and read the scripture references again—and dig deeper into cross-referencing those Bible verses. However, reviewing the End Times sermons especially resonated with me.

Heaven Bound

My Opa (Dutch for grandfather) passed away shortly after I got saved. That was a rough time for me. I loved my Opa. I remember watching him in his den listening to church services on his audio reel to reel player. I didn’t understand what they were saying since the services were in Dutch, but you could see that he was at peace.

I love to write, and poems have been one of my outlets for venting my feelings. I wrote a poem about my Opa after he died, sharing how we live and die. However, the best scenario is if you heed God’s message of the Gospel and accept that Jesus died for your sins. Then you can have assurance that you’ll spend eternity with Him in Heaven.


The river flows

A young girl stands in front of her grandfather’s coffin, staring.

Gushing down over rocks, the river flowed carrying a heavy load—

yet leaving some behind.

Glistening tears rolled down her red cheeks as she remembered him.

Heavy feet trudged along, down life’s journey now crawling on

bended knee with burdens stacked so high.

In her mind’s eye she sees grandfather and herself together again.

The river neared its end, losing its speed—now at home in the sea,

it can live on quietly.

They are running in fields, playing on the swings, love in their hearts.

Once so full of vitality, only to be slowing his pace—a smile of peace

on his face, he can now live again.

© Joanne Troppello


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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