“While seated in this beautiful, retired park, free from all confusion and bustle, a sweet peace came over my spirits. I seemed to be taken away from myself, and the bright home of the saints was presented vividly before me. In imagination I gathered with the saints around the wide – spreading tree of life. Friends and dear home relatives who had been separated from us by death were gathered there. The redeemed, white – robed multitude, who had washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, were there. No flashing guard stood around the tree of life, barring our approach. With happy, joyous songs of praise, the voices were blended in perfect harmony as we plucked of the fruit from the tree of life.
For a time I lost all thought of time, of place, or occasion – of everything earthly. Heaven was the subject of my contemplation – heaven, the much longed – for heaven. I seemed to be there, where all was peace, where no stormy conflicts of earth could ever come. Heaven, a kingdom of righteousness where all the holy and pure and blest are congregated – ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands – living and walking in happy, pure intimacy, praising God and the Lamb who sitteth on the throne! Their voices were in perfect harmony. They never do each other wrong. Princes of heaven, the potentates of this mighty realm, are rivals only in good, seeking the happiness and joy of each other. The greatest there is least in self – esteem, and the least is greatest in his gratitude and wealth of love.”
EGWhite Letters #30 1882