Posts Tagged ‘Heaven’



My small grandchild came to me

          And leaning up against my knee

Asked, what happens when you die?

          And then, before I gave reply,


Why can’t everyone walk, like me?

          Why can’t some people hear or see?

How is it that our God’s the same,

          But religions have a different name?


Why do people fuss and fight?

          How come he’s black and I am white?

If I’m happy, why isn’t he?

          Why doesn’t he have as much as me?


Hush, Dear Child, and listen here.

      I don’t know it all I fear,

But I will undertake the task

          To answer most of what you ask.


I guess it’s hard to understand

          Life’s complexities in our land.

In order to see, you will be wise

          To view with heart, instead of eyes.


God made man from dust, you know

          And all men back to dust must go

But death just means this body’s gone.

          Our Soul’s new body will live on.


This earth is just a stepping-stone

          On the way to the Heavenly Throne,

And if we follow God’s command

          We’ll all meet in the Promised Land.


We’ll pass from earth, to Heaven’s Gate,

          Where such as you need not wait,

For it’s opened wide to let you in,

          And also others cleansed of sin.


The Angels sing to welcome you

          Those gone before, join in, too

Happiness shines on every face

          When standing at the Throne Of Grace.


We’ll have new bodies, free of pain

          It’s Heaven’s gift that each will gain

I truly hope I’ve made it clear

          That death is not a thing to fear


Now for the rest you asked of me

          Please listen very carefully

With open mind and open heart

          And learn from what I may impart


Characteristics of humanity

          Compare to a garden’s variety

There’s colorful flowers on display

          And some of each, make a great bouquet


The blend appeals because of hue

          And life should be that way, too

Think how dull the world would be

          If all were just like you and me


For color of skin, eyes, and hair

          Are just facets of the shell we wear

And underneath, I make this claim

          All of us are just the same


You mustn’t let trouble you

          Someone else’s different hue

Judge man for what he is inside

          For prejudice is just false pride


You asked about man’s belief

          I’ll tell you this, with much relief

It matters not the given name

          ‘Most everyone’s God is the same


To you it may seem rather strange

          But different viewpoints, cause such change

And that is how Faiths saw their birth

          In different areas on this earth


Now for your questions on one’s health

          Also those on poverty and wealth

The hurtful side does seem unfair

          Because these things are hard to bear


But perhaps it’s God’s ultimate goal

          That this should refine a person’s Soul

And if they rise above their test

          I’m sure that they are truly blessed


Now, those who choose to fuss and fight

          Haven’t learned to love just right

They’re filled with anger, and also hate

          But they can change, it’s never too late


Though hard it is, to change one’s way

          It should be done without delay

Forgive and forget ills done to you

          And give much love and kindness, too


Sometime in our journey of life

          We meet with sorrow and deal with strife

And sadness comes from our dismay

          But just ’til the pain goes away


For happiness is a state of mind

          And really not so hard to find

Look Up (not down) – ahead (not back)

          It’s easy, once you get the knack


One last word I give, my Dear

          A quote, to help you conquer fear

‘You would not see the rainbow’s hue

          Without the storm that frightened you’


Your questions were deep, for one so small

          And I told you, child, I know not all

But I did my best to answer true

          All of the questions troubling you


And things that I’ve related here

          Should give you understanding, Dear

It’s been His plan through history . . .

          We’re threads in GOD’S GREAT TAPESTRY



12/19/99            Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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Right where we live




I often have a yearning

          To leave my chores behind

To commune with Mother Nature

          And let my tensions unwind


To relax before a campfire

          And watch the embers glow

To smell the fragrant piney scent

          As the fire burns low


To hear the water whispering

          While caressing the shore

To hear the chorused night sounds

          From nature’s open door


With a full moon shining brightly

          To light the forest trail

Sending flirty little moonbeams

          To kiss the hill and vale


To watch heaven’s jewels winking

          As the forest creatures play

While the evening’s gentle breezes

          Wash away the heat of day


Oh, the sweet fulfilled awareness

          As my senses give birth

To the beauty that surrounds me

          On God’s most precious earth


5/17/64          Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

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Sometimes it feels like heaven

In the middle of July

A gift of rain to cool things down

And a rainbow in the sky       


Sometimes I hear sweet melodies

When chaos is around

It happens when a small child laughs

It’s heaven in a sound


Sometimes I glimpse perfection

When a mother tends her child

She wraps the child in selfless love

I’ve seen  it when she smiled


Sometimes people just look down

And watch what lies below

While others raise their heads up high

To see the rainbow’s glow


Sometimes I think we just forget

That if we really care

We’ll see God’s beauty – if we look

For Heaven’s everywhere.


5/28/00              Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck


3’rd … Arkansas NPD – 2000

5’th. … Indiana NPD – 2001

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To lighten things up a bit!



Old Will, on his hide-a-way hill

Decided to run a small still

As he sampled a cup

The darn still blew up …

No still on the hill, and no Will.



3/15/95         Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck


2’nd … Indiana NPD 1995

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A glimpse of Heaven



I caught a glimpse of Heaven today

When a little child of three

Danced around my flower beds

With a look of blissful glee


I heard a bit of Heaven today

When she giggled while at play

Sounds I’ll carry in my heart

Forever and a day


I felt a bit of Heaven today

When she wooed me with her charms…

The sweetest kiss upon my cheek

And a hug from little arms.


Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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I wrote your name on a blue balloon

With I MISS YOU on its face,

Then sent it soaring through the clouds

To a far more distant place.


Up to your home in Heaven’s realm

Where you went so long ago.

I’m wondering if it reached you there

From this complex earth below.


I know it’s just a fantasy

To believe such things can be,

But I’ll pretend it reaches you,

And you’ll remember me.


5/16/98 Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck


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