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What Shall We Do in Heaven

What Shall We Do in Heaven

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BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH

" Ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending
and descending upon the Son of man."— John i. 51.
BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH

" Ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending
and descending upon the Son of man."— John i. 51.

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WHAT SHALL WE DO IN HEAVEN? BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH " Ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."— John i. 51. A CLERGYMAN of this city, eloquent and well beloved, recently discoursed on some of the prob-able occupations of the soul after death. It may be regarded as a sign of the times that no subjects excite a wider popular interest than those which refer to what may possibly happen to us after the cemetery gate is closed. There has hardly been an age in the history of the race when a rational faith in the verities of religion has had a stronger hold than now, or when the yearning after some knowledge of the future was more eager or more anxious. It sometimes seems as though the world had  just waked up to the fact that the circumference of another life touches the circumference of this
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77 78 HERALD SERMONS. life, and that those who leave us with a whispered " good-night " will soon greet us with a joyful " good-morning " as we meet on the other shore. What, then, was our surprise when this eloquent preacher was taken to task for his utterances, on the ground that our occupations in the Beyond are a matter of " idle speculation " for which there is "no basis of knowledge"! Then followed the curious assertion, " Nobody has ever come back from the other world to tell the story of his ex-periences there." Let us look at this subject very broadly for a few minutes. " Idle speculation " for which there is " no basis of knowledge" ! On the contrary, speculation of
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this kind seems to me to be spiritually profitable, and the basis of knowledge is both wide and ample. I say this not in the spirit of controversy, but with the desire to afford comfort to the bereaved. God has taken our dear ones ; for a time we are sepa-rated from them ; but our love remains undimin-ished, while our hope of reunion, like the candle on the altar of certain churches, is kept aflame by day and night. Is it possible that the Lord has denied us the privilege of imagining their environ-WHAT SHALL WE DO IN HEAVEN? 79 ment, after assuring us that eye hath not seen nor heart conceived the happiness by which He has surrounded them ? Do we contravene any one of His injunctions when with tearful memory we recall the past, and then, in glorious anticipation based on His promise, dream sweet dreams of that home not made with hands, eternal and in the heavens ? If He has endowed us with imagina-tion, shall it halt when it reaches the threshold of
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