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Verse of the Day
Wednesday
May022012

Heaven

For most of my life, I didn’t look forward to Heaven.  Heaven seemed so distant, so unknown, so vague . . . that I didn’t really look forward to it at all.  I would hear people saying that they were looking forward to Heaven, and I just didn’t get it.  But it sounded so unspiritual to admit that you really weren’t looking forward to Heaven.  I mean, as a Christian, you are supposed to want to just stand at your Savior’s feet and sing worship songs all day and all night for an infinite number of days, right?!?  (Which is not an accurate picture of Heaven, by the way, but it’s what I thought it was going to be like!)

Well, several years ago, I read a book on Heaven that completely changed my life.  Second only to the Bible, this book has changed my life more than any other.  I can honestly say now that I look forward to Heaven.  When I get sick of all the pain and suffering on this earth, my heart cries out, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”  I admit that it is a big book.  There are shorter versions of it available as well, but I think the big book is worth it.  If you don’t have the money to buy it and you know me, come borrow it :).  The Bible has so much to say about Heaven and yet so many times we just don’t get it.  Randy does an excellent job of drawing out the Scripture and helping us to imagine what it might be like.  So now when I read this Scripture, my heart just overflows with joy and hope and longing for the day when it is fulfilled: 

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 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.’ And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” –Revelation 21:1-5a
 
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

All glory to Him,
Stephanie

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