Heart racing… Goosebumps… Smile on my face. What an amazing experience! They had done it! Our team had defeated our opponents and now it was time to celebrate together. I will never forget the adrenaline rush I felt as the crescendo of the crowd’s cheers peaked. Wow! So loud I couldn’t distinguish my own enthusiastic scream from my neighbors’! Each person fully committed to this amazing celebration!

What an awesome party! The cheers and clapping became deafening, and suddenly I was aware that the excitement was so loud that it was vibrating the foundation of the stadium in which we stood. Incredible! I had never experienced anything like this before!

As I looked over the sea of people I was struck with the unity *and* diversity of this multitude. People from all walks of life, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all races and creeds, with virtually nothing in common, had come together to celebrate this moment. All their differences had melted away under the lights of this incredible event. Despite their pasts, they each wore smiles, faces of joy, as they celebrated together… THEY WERE ONE. One in spirit and one in purpose.

Where was I?

Busch Stadium, October 18, 2013, Game 6 of the NLCS when the St. Louis Cardinals won the NL Pennant? No. As proud as I am of the Cards, this was a much bigger event, a significantly larger crowd, a far more important celebration.

I was imagining what heaven will be like, celebrating Christ… not for one night, not even for a season, but for an ETERNITY… and it made my heart race, and it gave me goosebumps.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Have you ever stopped for a moment, closed your eyes, and imagined heaven?

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