As It Is in Heaven

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“Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness.” Ecclesiastes 3:16

I debated on naming this poem, “On Earth”… but decided after I penned the last lines, “As It Is In Heaven” was a better fit, though this is fresh from this morning’s journal so may need to be tweaked a bit. Either way, I hope it hits you where it needs to.

God is good, so you say,
flippantly, as you go
through your day
without a thought,
of what you convey,

I believe, and I do pray,
but wish you’d consider
in a more caring way,
it’s not the words alone,
but the heart behind the display.

God is good, but that won’t protect me
from pain and suffering.
God is good, but people are still cruel.
God is good, but evil still permeates the air-
on earth.

God is good, but injustice still reigns
this side of eternity.
God is good, but churches still retain
the just and unjust
within the gilded walls.

God is good, but man continues to bow
to his own desires and lusts-
in every nation.

God is good, but war still rules the hearts of men,
from the womb to the grave-
from the parents to the children,
in every generation.

God is good, but I have seen a proverb lived
through a man which brings both
rage and a promise.

God is good and though I lose faith in what I see
my hope will remain fixed on what I cannot see…
and I have seen that though there is no justice
for mankind on earth,

in the end, I will see my Redeemer
standing on the earth as in Heaven,
and justice will at last be known
on earth…

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Dawn Paoletta is a life enthusiast who loves to juggle words, chug coffee, and journal excessively. You can find her gathering stones on the beach most mornings. She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, daughter and family pets in Narragansett, RI and shares her passion, poetry and prose @Enthusiastically, Dawn.

4 thoughts on “As It Is in Heaven

  1. Thank you, Dawn!
    And Amen!
    Exactly my oppressive burden, lately. And exactly my hope: An entirely different Kingdom to come–and before that, justice determining who will be in it! Yes, there is mercy, but can there be mercy without justice? I don’t think so…

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