Thankfully coffee – keep heaven open (Riana Nel – hou die hemel oop – English translation)

If we were having coffee, I’d clutch the warm mug with both hands, just taking in the warmth of the mug. Winter is upon us, and the chilly dry wind goes through almost anything. I’m thankful for my snuggly warm blankets and hot soup.

If we were having coffee, we’d no doubt talk about the increase in COVID-19 figures. And perhaps we’d quite sadly discuss the loved ones who have succumbed to this disease. It’s one thing to see figures, it’s another when you know a face behind them.

If we were having coffee, one of my cats would drop by curiously inspecting your shoe. I’m thankful that my kids love these new additions to our household.

If we were having coffee, I might tell you I completed my first course with the Christian Leaders Institute. This one counts towards credits if I decide to go towards some qualification. And while I don’t think someone locally accredited them, their high-quality courses are mostly free and accessible. I find their content motivational and helpful towards personal growth. I’m thankful to have stumbled upon them. FYI, they are working towards accreditation in the USA.

After you finished eating, a delicious lemon biscuit we might float conversationally speaking, towards this song I discovered the other day. It’s an Afrikaans song by Riana Nel (hou die hemel oop). You can check out the You Tube version below.

And in case you don’t understand the language, here is my best English translation for the lyrics (eh, maybe not word-for-word cause sometimes you need to add or lose a word for it to sound right in another language):


I’m a sinner, this I know.
I’ve hurt the hearts of many, and many more I’ve broken.
My conscience is burnt,
too many choices against good judgment and understanding.

But I’m outwitted
I’ve surrendered to who I am

So, keep heaven open when I arrive
That day, when my time runs out
Maybe it’s not now, but I’m ready
Maybe it’s today, only God knows
Only God knows.

Oh…

I was lost,
But now I’m found
And without the weight
I breathe like a child

There’s a finger, pointing
to who I was
But I’ve learned bitter quickly,
that I’ve been washed whiter than white.

I see where I belong,
An eternity of hope in who He is.

So, keep heaven open when I arrive
That day, when my time runs out
Maybe it’s not now, but I’m ready
Maybe it’s today, only God knows
Only God knows.

Oh…

When it’s all over and done, tell me what you believe
The truth belongs to you and I
He lives, He is the light
The peace that unburdens my heart
oh…
When it’s all over and done with, tell me what you believe

So, keep heaven open when I arrive
That day, when my time runs out
Maybe it’s not now, but I’m ready
Maybe it’s today, only God knows
Only God knows.

Riana Nel – English translation for “Hou Die Hemel Oop”

It’s a really beautiful song. Music is such a comfort when times are tough. I’m grateful for free streaming services and YouTube. But I’m also thankful for my favourite radio station.

But lastly, I’m grateful for digital coffee. So tell me, if we were having coffee – what would we be talking about?

One thought on “Thankfully coffee – keep heaven open (Riana Nel – hou die hemel oop – English translation)

  1. My children, who know me well, gave me a cup several years ago that says, “Coffee & Jesus.”
    You have a lovely thankful list, and if we were having coffee at your table, we could talk about many of these things, or what He’s been teaching us lately.

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