Then I Laughed …

boy walking on wooden pathway beside plants during day
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I saw a promotional ad for a hotel on the Fox River.

This line jumped out at me – “The river view is second to none.”

The Fox River view is second to none?

And I laughed.

Don’t get me wrong. I have been impressed with some Fox River views. A majestic eagle swooping over the water, ducks lazily floating downstream, autumn leaves bordering the shore … These scenes have been impressive …

But second to none? I don’t think so.

I think of the “pure water” of a “pure Michigan River,” where I could see clear to the bottom of a deep flow. I think of the Pennsylvania rivers, tucked into the Allegheny Mountains where my father and his friends would fish.

And, oh, the Boulder River in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Ken and I often stayed in a little cabin on the banks while preparing our lessons to teach the kids at camp. The Boulder River water danced over rocks, forming sparkling miniature whitecaps as the water glistened in the sun. At night we’d go to sleep, listening to the rhythm of the tumbling water.

Sorry, Fox River. You can be appealing, but you don’t make the cut.

You might have good PR, but I don’t consider, empty fast-food containers, random boxes, and miscellaneous other junk bobbling up and down along the dam – exactly picturesque.

But I’ll say this – you have a good copywriter.  Talk about exaggeration.


Hmmm … what do you think a promotional ad for heaven would sound like? (Of course, we don’t have to BUY property there, heaven is a free gift.) But here’s a fun thing to do with your kids.

Read the following Scripture together and then have then describe the New Heaven and the New Earth  in the sense of a realty/promotional ad and see what they come up with.

1 John 3:2

Revelation 21:4-6

Revelation 21:10-27

Revelation 22:1-2

Not only will this help your child (or ministry kids) learn more about their future, but will also help you understand how they view heaven. And if you’d like … you could include what they write in a comment.





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