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Where is Heaven

Where is Heaven

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BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH



" And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes,
that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young
nian ; and he saw : and, behold, the mountain was full of horses
a:id chariots of fire round about Elisha." — 2 Kings vi. 17.
BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH



" And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes,
that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young
nian ; and he saw : and, behold, the mountain was full of horses
a:id chariots of fire round about Elisha." — 2 Kings vi. 17.

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WHERE IS HEAVE ?BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH" And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes,that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the youngnian ; and he saw : and, behold, the mountain was full of horsesa:id chariots of fire round about Elisha." — 2 Kings vi. 17.obody knows where heaven is, but everybodyhopes there is a heaven somewhere. To say thatit is a condition of mind is a misleading use of lan-guage, an intangible abstraction of no practical use.It is either a place or it is an hallucination.If a heavenly frame of mind is all there is of heaven, then the possession is nothing to boast of and may end with the last gasp of life ; but if it'is a place whose boundary-line we cross at themoment of death, in which our intellectual andspiritual activity will have unbounded scope,where souls can grow unhampered by the cruel56 HERALD SERMOS.and repressing limitations of the body, then wehave a series of motives which irradiate the pres-ent and fill the future with the glow and promiseof a sunrise after the sunset.We cannot see heaven, and for that reason adoubt hangs in the sky. But there are so manythings which we cannot see that such an argumentbecomes enfeebled. On an ordinary night we cansee perhaps two or three thousand separate stars ;with a good field-glass the number may easilybe increased tenfold ; with the Lick telescope onMount Hamilton at least a million are visible.Our imperfect vision can discover but a small partof the wonders of creation. There are invisibleworlds all round us, revealed by optical instru-
 
ments ; and still other worlds which no instru-ments yet invented can discover. What we cansee, therefore, is by no means the limit of what is.It is interesting to ask whether any one, underany circumstances, has seen what is to most of usinvisible. The text we have chosen contains amarvelous statement. The prophet and the youthwere side by side. There was no defect in thevision of the latter, for he could see the hills andthe clouds as clearly as the former. lUit theWHERE IS HEAVE? /prophet's eyes were gifted with a facuhy unknownto the stripHng who attended him. He saw whatwas in the air as well as what was on the ground,and the sight gave him courage. The youngman was dismayed, for a host of Syrians withspears had come to make them prisoners ; butthe prophet was calm and serene and sure of thevictory.Then something happened to the young man'seyes, and for a brief moment he saw what he hadnever before looked upon, and what he probablynever looked upon thereafter. They were the sameeyes that he had always used, but an additionalfaculty had been given them, and they caught aglimpse of the horses and chariots, the army of spiritual creatures who, as Milton asserts, walk theearth unseen both when we wake and when wesleep.If it is possible to believe, first, that heaven is just as truly a locality as any one of the UnitedStates, and, second, that though we may not beable to see the citizens of this celestial common-wealth they can see us, we are traveling alongthe highway to some very important truths. If heaven is correctlv described in these statements,8 HKRALI) St:RMOXS.
 
it becomes vivid and thrilling. We have " a heartfor any fate"; can pass through any experienceunscathed ; can even open the door of the tomband lay the tired sleeper on one of the shelves of its recesses; can go back to our duties and strug-gles with an aching but a hopeful heart ; can ban-ish the word " farewell " from our vocabulary, withthe conviction that the departing member of thefamily has simply gone on a journey, at the endof which he will await our coming. The sun hasrisen for us, and its fructifying light penetratesevery nook and corner of our sorrows.Whether we are privileged to see what Elisha'sattendant saw or not, if we feel sure that he reallysaw what is recorded we may be content to re-main blind. We do not care so much to seeheaven for ourselves as to be certain that some-body has seen it, either prophet or servant. If heaven is there, we ask no more.There is a wild and almost reckless interest inthis topic nowadays. Above the din and confu-sion of our material life we hear voices which tellus that heaven is not far off and that the twoworlds can talk to each other. Bands of earnestmen and women Lfathcr when the dav's work isWHERE IS HEAVE? 9over in the belief that these voices come acrossthe wild waste and bear messages of affection andadvice.Human nature has an intense longing, a burningthirst, an unappeased hunger for facts of this kind.Even reason is sometimes held in abeyance, orchained up for the time being, that the emotionsmay have full and free play. Discrimination isparalyzed, and the doors of the heart are thrownwide open for folly as well as wisdom to enter.There are men and women who tell us of in-credible experiences ; but these experiences are

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