Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Do you think about Heaven? I often wonder what it will be like. The Bible gives us glimpses of what eternity will be for those of us who are Christians.
No more tears, death, mourning, crying, pain. Revelation 21:4
The sun and moon are no longer needed. Revelation 22:5
The Garden of Eden is restored. Revelation 22:1-2
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:9 that we can’t even imagine what God has in store for us.
The hope of seeing Jesus and my Heavenly Father someday helps to keep life in perspective here on earth.
My Dad has been gone one year already. It just seems like yesterday I flew in from Phoenix to spend some time with him. Just seems like yesterday I was laughing loudly at his jokes and stories. Just seems like yesterday I sent him a thinking of you card. I still miss his voice every Sunday at 4 p.m. I miss Dad and Mom so much.
I never wanted to see my big, strong Dad frail and fragile. My heart ached seeing him sick. That Sunday he was agitated and restless. I remember praying over and over, “Lord, please have mercy on my Daddy.” I also remember telling God that though I’m not ready to say goodbye, I trusted in His will. I was slowly letting go. It’s not easy. Especially with someone you love with all your heart. But I had to let go. It was selfish not to.
My sister and I planned on staying the night at the care facility with our Dad. We sat by his bedside, watching him sleep. Around 9:30 p.m. my sister noticed he was not breathing. I bent my ear down to his face and did not hear a sound. He passed quietly and peacefully, in his sleep.
I imagined I would be a mess when my Dad passed away one day. Surprisingly I wasn’t, for several reasons. 1. My praying friends continually praying for my family. 2. Praying for the strength to let go and let God. 3. Believing in the Hope of Heaven.
My Dad knew Jesus as his personal Savior so I know I will see him again one day in Heaven. Knowing this helped to let go. I would be ok when he passed away. I didn’t want to see my Dad suffer. Heaven is a place of no more tears, sickness or pain. I wanted my Dad to go, be free, be strong, be well, with Mom and Gramma.
As a Christian, earth is not our home. We are only passing through. Heaven is our home for eternity.
Jesus has prepared a place for those who have accepted his gift of salvation.
Now that my parents are in Heaven, Heaven has become even more real to me. Yes, I miss them terribly and always will. But this life isn’t what matters. We have a choice of where to spend our eternity.
One day I will live in God’s glory forever and ever. I hope and pray all my family and friends will be there too. Please choose life with your Savior.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Take a listen to this song about Eternity: Live on Forever by The Afters
Please let me know if you have made a decision for Christ and how I can pray for you. We’re on this journey together.