Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Heaven is Our Hope

This is the third book that has helped me over the last year, and it has provided another essential type of comfort. The previous two books validated my pain and hurt. They have been my compassionate companions, guides that have led me carefully through a rocky field littered with hidden land mines. Those two books tell me secrets known only by those who've travelled the road. This one, Heaven, has helped me to stop on the way, to look up, and to see the stars shining over my head. It has given me hope that there is something good beyond heartbreak and loss.

I never gave much thought to Heaven before Joey went. I don't know why. I was so busy with this life that I thought very little about the next. But when my son left, it took on urgent importance. Where was he? What was he doing? Did he miss us? Did he have regrets? Was he okay?

I immediately began searching my Bible for answers. I found, that though the Bible gives very little concrete description of Heaven, it never, never stops talking about eternal life. It simply promises us that it will be more than we can imagine. It finally dawned on me that Heaven is what we have here, every good and glorious thing, love and truth and beauty, without the evil, pain and suffering--- and it goes on forever. And that's just the best news.

Jesus' promise that my son would be with Him in Paradise tells me that Joey is flourishing, and that helps me beyond anything else. Randy Alcorn sees it the same way, and in this book he gives us the details. It's comforting and it's exciting, and there will be a day of reunion. That's a great source of hope that helps me see past the pain.

2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.


Anonymous said...

Karen, I have read this book. Our pastor here suggested it to me because of the same reasons. The bible has little to say of heaven. As humans we want to know, we want the answers. I am praying for you both as another first, a big one, zero's in on you and your family. My heart aches as I know your struggles.
Love Sharon

Anonymous said...

Part of my qt today

Faith is believing God in the present, and hope is believing God for the future. Faith believes God for what He has done and our hope believes God for what He will do.

We fix our hope on Him and live in anticipation of the glorious fulfillment of His future promise...Heaven and eternal life.

"Rest your hope fully on the grace that is brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Crhist."
I Peter 1:13

We miss you Joey

Anonymous said...

What words of hope can comfort bring
to hearts despaired through suffering?
When sorrow quakes the very soul
and solace is refused once more.
For death itself does not explain
the sudden loss, the sudden pain.
As every tear must weep relief
a still small voice is heard so sweet.
I have overcome the grave you see,
oh now death, where is your sting?
So what words of hope can comfort bring?
For where I go,
you shall be...