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Airline to Heaven

June 17, 2009

The other day James and I saw an airplane flying overhead. I said, “airplane!” because that is how I communicate now: one word labels. He said, “no, actually Mother, that’s Jesus.” And there was nothing I could say to convince him otherwise. Though I will admit that the underbelly of an airplane does look suspiciously like a crucifix hurtling through the sky.

The truth is, James has an uncanny ability to spot a crucifix in places you were sure were crucifix-less. For weeks he tried to tell me Jesus was living in the cross bracing for the drop ceiling in our bathroom. I know Jesus hung out with lepers and stuff but I am quite sure he would draw the line at our 70’s basement bathroom. The point is, my son is either going to be pope one day, or excommunicated. Anyway, we’re flying South later on this summer and I’m not sure what I’m going to tell him when we step off the airplane into Vancouver’s international airport instead of, you know, Eternal Paradise.

Anyway, I found a cover of the song Airline to Heaven on YouTube. The lyrics are below since the sound quality is disappointing. Youtube, I expect so much more from you.

This is for you baby James!

There’s an airline plane
Flies to heaven everyday
Past the pearly gates

If you want to ride this train
Have your ticket in your hand
Before it is too late

If the world looks wrong
And your money’s spent and gone
And your friend has turned away

You can get away to heaven
On this aeroplane
Just bow your head and pray

Them’s got ears, let them hear
Them’s got eyes, let them see
Turn your eyes to the lord of the skies

Take this airline plane
It’ll take you home again
To your home behind the skies

Well a lot of people guess
Some say no and some say yes
Will it take some and leave some behind?

But you will surely know
When to the airport go
To leave this world behind

Oh a lot of speakers speak
A lot of preachers preach
When you lay their salary on the line

You can hold your head and pray
It’s the only earthly way
You can fly to heaven on time
Fly to heaven on time

Them’s got ears, let them hear
Them’s got eyes, let them see
Turn your eyes to the lord of the skies

Take that airline plane
It’ll take you home again
To your home behind the skies

Your ticket you obtain
On this heavenly airline plane
You leave your sins behind

You’ve got to take this flight
It may be daytime, might be night
But you can’t see your way if you’re blind

Them’s got ears, let them hear
Them’s got eyes, let them see
Turn your eyes to the lord of the skies

Take that airline plane
It’ll take you home again
To your home behind the skies

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Eileen permalink
    June 17, 2009 2:47 pm

    I think that’s pretty neat – nothing wrong with seeing Jesus in the ordinary!

  2. Claire permalink*
    June 17, 2009 3:09 pm

    Amen!

  3. J.D. permalink
    June 17, 2009 4:54 pm

    If a perpendicular intersection of line segments is Christ, does that mean that parallel lines are the Antichrist?

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