I wait for splitting sky
And blaring trumpet,
For this age ended and next begun.
I wait for archangelic announcement
And for the Lord himself
With the clouds.
I wait for graves cracked open,
I wait for rising up to meet him in the air.
I wait for being with the Lord
I wait and purify myself
(Though really he's the one
Who purifies me.)
I wait until that day.
And so, come, Lord Jesus.
Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
--1 John 3:2-3
Photo ©2010 and poem public domain by James L Swindle
Note: In discussing 1 John 3:3 with a friend, I learned that he and I saw it differently. Does seeing God as he is cause us to be pure, or does being pure enable us to see God as he is? The commentaries, it turns out, are split. Matthew Henry saw it both ways. I'm not sure which way the apostle John meant it, but both possible interpretations lead to truth.