The Things of Earth Are Strangely Bright

“The things of earth will grow strangely dim.”

Sleep, work, play, people, places, things, ideas. This is the stuff of life. This is before me, and this is what fills me. I subconsciously live in the moment, completely unaware. Unaware of the inestimable book collecting dust on my shelf. Oblivious to the power and presence that resides in me and envelops me. Forgetful, even ignorant, of the citizenship I have in a world a thousand times more real.

Seems to me, the things of earth should be dim, and the things of heaven should, by default, shine brightest, for therein is my hope and my home.

Though unseen, I dwell there first. Though seemingly far, far away, my uncharted heartbeats prove me wrong. Though often overshadowed by the alluring brightness of the things of this earth . . .

The things of earth are dim in the light of his glory and grace.

Are dim. Nothing strange about it.

If to our eyes, the things of this earth appear bright, they are strangely and deceptively bright. One look at Jesus will tell us that.

Opening quotation from the hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, by Helen H. Lemmell.
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