A Glimpse of Heaven on Earth

Susan Verwys

READ : Ephesians 2:19-22

All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. (Acts 2:44 CEV)

Have you ever seen a model Christian community? By that I mean a community that closely approximates Christ’s vision for the church. Heartside Ministry in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, serves chronic schizophrenics, developmentally-disabled persons, drug addicts, and people who through a chain of circumstances have become homeless. Children are there also. The Ministry provides cold drinks, coffee and food and mingles among its forlorn guests with tons of respect and unconditional love. They create a glimpse of heaven on earth to shattered, hurting folks.

The artwork and quotes of Heartside children surprise us. Rainbows, sunshine and golden staircases dominate their drawings. They write on them: “My hope is in the Lord. I love Jesus with all my heart. I will go to heaven to see Jesus someday.” They are convinced that their hope is in the Lord. The community experience at Heartside Chapel is a peek into their heavenly home.

Jesus wants us to devote ourselves to his teachings, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer. Do you participate in a fellowship of believers? Ask God to guide you today if your answer is no.


Lord, I need a glimpse of heaven on earth! Amen.