How far is Heaven?

I’ve always liked the song, “How far is Heaven?” by Los Lonely Boys:

Save me from this prison
Lord help me get away
Cause only you can save me now
From this misery
Cause I’ve been lost in my own place
And I’m getting’ weary
How far is heaven
And I know I need to change
My ways of livin’
How far is heaven, Lord can you tell me

I love the honest assessment of earthly life as ultimately unsatisfying, the description of life and maybe even the human body as a prison where we are locked up. I appreciate the admission of disorientation of not always knowing what to do or where to go. And it is so refreshing that he’s not blaming God or anyone else for his plight, he believes that he is part of the problem, “I know I need to change my ways of livin’.” He’s tired, he’s weary and he needs to know, “Lord, how much longer?”

The song expresses sentiments similar to that of David in Psalm 6:

Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint;
heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, LORD, how long?

Turn, LORD, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
I am worn out from my groaning.

Sometimes we simply need to cast our eyes toward Heaven and cry out to the Lord for mercy so that He can assure our hearts that Heaven is not Far.

Published by John Estorge


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