Tracy Chapman’s Heavens Here On Earth

This video tugged at my heart, as I listened to Tracy Chapman sing about ordinary people living human lives, filled with compassion, love and forgiveness.  If we look past war, greed and the thirst for money, it’s plain to see Heaven is right here on Earth.  Heaven is in our hearts, and it’s in our faith in humankind.

You can look to the stars in search of the answersLook for God and life on distant planets

Have your faith in the ever after

While each of us holds inside the map to the labyrinth

And heaven’s here on earth

We are the spirit the collective conscience

We create the pain and the suffering and the beauty in this world

Heaven’s here on earth

In our faith in humankind

In our respect for what is earthly

In our unfaltering belief in peace and love and understanding

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise

Of ordinary people leading ordinary lives

Filled with love, compassion, forgiveness and sacrifice

Heaven’s in our hearts

In our faith in humankind

In our respect for what is earthly

In our unfaltering belief in peace and love and understanding

Look around

Believe in what you see

The kingdom is at hand

The promised land is at your feet

We can and will become what we aspire to be

If Heaven’s here on earth

If we have faith in humankind

And respect for what is earthly

And an unfaltering belief that truth is divinity

And heaven’s here on earth

I’ve seen spirits

I’ve met angels

Touched creations beautiful and wondrous

I’ve been places where I question all I think I know

But I believe, I believe, I believe this could be heaven

We are born inside the gates with the power to create life

And to take it away

The world is our temple

The world is our church

Heaven’s here on earth

If we have faith in human kind

And respect for what is earthly

And an unfaltering belief

In peace and love and understanding

This could be heaven here on earth

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