A Good Life

Then I saw a new earth (with no oceans!) and a new sky, for the present earth and sky disappeared. And I, John, saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven. It was a glorious sight, beautiful as a bride at her wedding.

I hear a loud shout from the throne saying, "Look, the home of God is now among men, and he will live with them and they will be his people; yes, God himself will be among them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever." Revelation 21: 1-4 (TLB)

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (TLB)

On May 1, 2018, the meditation in The Upper Room was about a young boy who sat on the stairs putting pebbles in his mouth. His mother took the rocks out, but he resisted going to the dining room where desert awaited. Finally, when he saw a chocolate cake on the table, he stopped screaming and his eyes widened with joy. Gus Browning, from Texas, wondered if he might be like that boy.

Gus is in his nineties and has enjoyed a good life, including 40 years as a minister. His wife, Jackie, and Gus have been happily married more than 70 years. As they grow older, Gus is increasingly reluctant for their lives on earth to end. Together they rejoice in each day God gives them, and they want to stay here as long as they can.

Easter assures us that eternal life awaits us in heaven. Old testament prophets and the book of Revelation describe heaven glowingly, but Gus and Jackie are not ready yet. They want to continue enjoying each other, their loved ones, and the joys and beauties of earth. But the boy in the meditation may be a good reminder for us. Maybe all the joys and beauties of earth will pale in comparison to what awaits us in heaven. Maybe it will be like seeing chocolate cake on the table.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for our eternal life in Christ. Help us to await heaven with joy, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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