Heaven’s Hug

The Expulsion of Adam and Eve From Paradise
The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise (1813) by John Martin  
Running, looking back over shoulders. Sweat beads, fear.
Fleeing the garden, 
peace and safety.
Purity exchanged for lies,
delusions of freedom and power.
The knowledge of all brings chains.
Shame awaits in open fields,
hopelessness in hidden corners.
Death lurks everywhere, 
seeking to fulfill the curse’s promise.
Untruth reigns.
Yet,
Love stakes a claim.
One Name.
A Promise remains…
in Him.
I followed Eve’s folly into a world of madness and discontent
for I thought too little
of a love that dies 
to bring peace and joy…that won’t.
Endless corridors offer enlightenment,
leading away from 
the Light that lifts souls from darkness
and 
fools from apathy and death.
A garden.
A plan.
A claim.
He came.
An unwilling disciple.
An unwilling candidate.
Odd one to choose I suppose.
Why would love stoop down to the lowest of lows?
Passionate, yes.
Zeal, indeed.
Unwilling to accept such a lofty creed.
I’ll never get it, no.
A Righteousness, not my own.
Freely given.
Rejected.
Not embraced.
Traded for a taste of lack
and 
dissatisfaction, 
offered by a world which rejects truth.
Love. 
Grace.
But, that one face looking down from that  one place,
with eyes that did embrace
all humanity…
in one earth splitting, death defying, 
life eternal 
hug.
Love tore the curtain, reversed the serpent’s plan, set apart forever
The One and Only God that became Man.
Jesus.
Name above all Names.
Painting by C. Michal Dudash

Special thanks to my daughter Katherine who helped me choose the name for this poem.
She said Heaven’s Hug sounded “cozier” and more inviting than Eternity’s Embrace.
Jesus is about inviting, each one of us to His place of coziness.
He loved us enough to appeal by laying down His own life 
to offer us an eternal hug in the everlasting place
called Heaven. He waits for us to accept this truth.
To be embraced with His everlasting love, immersed in His peace and joy forever.
Starting where we are now.
Now that’s a hug I want to embrace!
How about you?

“True peace comes from embracing what is, 
not from ceaseless striving to change everything around me 
to make my life more safe, secure, comfortable.”
~Dan Meadows in The Mosaic Bible

Linking Up with Writing Canvas and
Tami at The Next Step
for the first time!


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Toni C
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 14:32:43

    Dawn- this is powerful and beautiful, humbling and encouraging all at once – just like a wonderful hug from a friend. You and your daughter did good 🙂

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  2. Marja Meijers
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 15:29:42

    What a team you two are 🙂 Great poem and beautiful title.

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  3. Marti
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 15:41:08

    Thanks you so much for sharing this, it is inspiring.

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  4. Karen
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 15:44:08

    Heaven's hug. I like the thought of that, I want that in my life. That was a great poem and picture you shared today. Thanks.

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  5. Chatty Crone
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 17:43:45

    Jesus is the name of all names. Sandie

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  6. Tami Boesiger
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 19:25:16

    Love stakes a claim.In the unworthy, unloving. In me. Wow. Thanks for joining us! You added a touch of beauty.

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  7. "Cottage By The Sea"
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 21:10:38

    Words to live by indeed. I also think your daughter made a good choice for the title of your piece. Well done!

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  8. Debbie
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 02:57:05

    I'm so glad you joined in on this quote for “In Other Words Tuesday”. I love your poem; beautifully written from the heart. Jesus is our peace!Thanks for the heads up on the link too. :)Blessings and love,Debbie

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  9. Renee
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 01:21:25

    Lovely post!

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  10. Anonymous
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 12:59:28

    Beautiful poem. Love stakes a claim. I'm still amazed that He loves me this much.

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