[Continuing the hymn-for-Sundays series]
What would be paradise to you?
material luxury, content,
and sumptuous satisfaction sensed,
no work, no law, no argument?
Was Adam in the garden glad
because of comfort in his life,
the beauty and the ease of work?
was it the lack of noise and strife?
The essence of his real delight
– and that of Eve – was fellowship
they had with him, their Maker, there,
a wonderful relationship.
And that is why we long for heaven –
not to be idle, or there free
of pain, and meet departed friends,
– but to enjoy God’s company.
Tune: LM eg ‘Ye banks and braes’ (DLM)