Do you ever think about heaven? What will it be like? I certainly don’t know, but I’m thinking there will be some joyous reunions there!
14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
John 14:1-3 – ESV
On Tuesday of last week, the gates of heaven were opened to receive another fine Southern lady. At the age of 98, Aunt Ted was the last of her generation to pass on to glory. My paternal grandmother’s youngest sister, she was quite a special lady, living a full life as a teacher, homemaker, farmer’s wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Her passing brought back a delightful memory from my childhood. Sunday afternoons at my grandmother’s home were meant for visiting. Depending on the time of year, Grandmama would hold court in her living room or on the front porch. Somebody was bound to drop by for a chat, and quite often, those visitors included my grandmother’s three sisters.
I can still see those four petite Southern ladies seated on the parlor sofa and side chairs fully engaged in lively conversation. Now when I say lively, I mean that all four of these dear ladies were talking a mile a minute, and all were speaking at the same time. I would stand in the doorway watching them chatter away, wondering, “How in the world do they know what each other is saying?” It was quite a fascinating spectacle, and the banter would go on for hours.
After the sisters took their leave, Grandmama would comment about how nice it was to catch up on all the news. I couldn’t help but think, “How do you even know what they said?”
Last Tuesday, the conversation volume in heaven went up several notches for those four sisters were reunited once more. I smile to think of the joyful banter they are no doubt sharing now that Aunt Ted is among them.
What a blessing it is to know the hope of heaven! Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can know the promise of such a heavenly reunion. When we believe in Christ Jesus, our salvation is assured, our eternal home secure. We can rest assured that there is something beautiful beyond this earthly existence.
Because of God’s great love for us, we are promised tomorrow, whether here on earth or basking in the magnificence of heaven. There is more to come that we cannot yet see. The thought of that just makes me smile. I’m not quite ready yet, and I imagine neither are you. Still, one fine day, you and I will know the joy of one of those heavenly reunions. I bet the conversation will be quite lively!
This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
1 John 4:10 – NLT
O Lord God, thank You for loving us enough to send Your Only Son to die for us so that we might have eternal life with You. Because of Jesus, we know the hope of heaven. One day, we will enjoy our heavenly reunion. Oh what a glorious day that will be! In the meantime, help us to be the people You created us to be and to serve You well. May our attitudes and actions glorify You for we owe You everything.