Where Earth Meets Heaven, a poem and a painting

Where does Earth meet Heaven?

After a season of illness that kept me weak and bed-ridden for an extended time, I wrote this poem.  The poem came to me because of a vision I received while in prayer one morning.  I saw Jesus walking on water.  Then suddenly the picture flipped.  I saw him upside-down, as it were, walking on water that was up and the sky was down.  I laughed at the thought, but I understood at that point that Heaven, not gravity, held Jesus to Earth.

 

Heaven Holds Me Here

 

Heaven Holds Me Here

The painting I call Where Earth Meets Heaven. It depicts two realms, and shows a man walking in both. It certainly goes with this poem because as we walk in this earth, we are also constantly confronted by the heavenly realm. We walk on earth and in heaven. We are offered the opportunity by God to bring His Kingdom to Earth by our involvement in it. Earth meets Heaven in the place where our feet walk.

My body may be feeble

Holding life by a thread.

As my Savior walked on water

I will rise from my bed.

 

He held to Earth by glory,

No need for gravity,

And when my work is over

I’ll ascend to God as He.

 

My feet daily walk this Earth.

I labor in His field.

Thirty, sixty, a hundred fold

I pray my work will yield.

 

It’s not Earth that holds me down.

Heaven holds me up.

My feet will ever walk this Earth

While Heaven holds me here.

 

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Follow Me – Graphite Painting

Father God on Cross

Copyright 2009

He is the image of the invisible God…
Colossians 1:15

Jesus said,

“He who hath seen Me hath seen the Father.”
John 14:9

The face of God the Father gazes upon the viewer from the body of Jesus Christ, the Son.

Jesus also said,

“The Son can do nothing by himself;
he can do only what he sees his Father doing,
because whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”
John 5:19

Therefore, in this picture we see Father God in the form of Jesus Christ giving His life on the cross for us.

His grandfatherly face hints of a smile, and He seems to be bidding the viewer,

“Come, follow me”

original by Ector Ward
copyright 2009
Graphite pencil on Bristol paper
12″ X 15″

A Hole for Heaven’s Light – Poem

A Hole for Heaven's Light

copyright Ector Ward, 2003, permission to use only if this URL is attached

A blackened web,
A close-knit shroud,
Encompasses the Earth
Of many words,
Ideas of men,
Enwoven tight and thick.
Though Heaven’s light
Does brightly burn
Still Earth in shadow lies.
A life laid down
A seed to die
Is planted in the crust
To grow on high
And burrow through
The shroud both tight and thick.
As leaves unfold
In warmth and light
The blackened web melts back.
-EW


The view in the painting is that of a sprout breaking through from under the soil to the sunlight.  It also depicts the resurrected life, from a life willingly laid down, burrowing through the “blackened web.”

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1 John 3:16 

Daily Diptych 3 – Jeru-Salem

Jeru – a battle, or contention
Gideon was called Jerubaal, which means He who Contends with Baal.

Salem – same as shalom, peace

So, Jerusalem is The Battle for Peace or The Contention for Peace.

Jerusalem inset, Ashen Altar

Copyright, permission for use with this url link only


Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:11

Battle, Peace?!  These seem like incompatible opposites, but where there is no peace, one must contend for peace.  A battle for peace is a battle for life and freedom.  These three always dwell together; life, freedom, peace.