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Heaven, Our True Home


The veil between the visible and the invisible is thin.   For my husband Howard the veil is even more thin as he fights cancer.  He peers through the veil into heaven.

One morning I awakened early to find my husband pouring over his systematic theology textbooks.  He was studying heaven.  Later he told that the most distinctive aspect of heaven is that it is the place where Jesus will be seen and known face to face.   “Peter Kreft, the catholic professor of philosophy wrote a book  titled: Heaven: the Heart’s Deepest Longing.  It is true, my deepest longing is for heaven,” said my husband as he shared more of his thoughts with me.

More than streets of gold or foundations of precious stones, the wonder of heaven is Jesus himself.  More than being the place where sadness and tears are long forgotten, it is the place Jesus designed to share with us.

” “in C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle, the heroes have been transported from Narnia to Aslan’s land.  Aslan’s land is to Narnia what heaven is to earth.  But what soon strikes the characters is how much like Narnia Aslan’s land is – and yet somehow different. They can see all the old familiar landmarks, mountains, rivers, and towns.  But in Aslan’s land these features of Narnia can only be described as “more like the real thing.”  In fact the traveler’s conclude that Aslan’s land is the real Narnia.  The old Narnia was “only a shadow or copy of the real Narnia, which has always been here and always will be here.”   In his excitement, one of them speaks for them all when he says, ” I have come home at last!  This is my real country!  I belong here.  This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it now. The reason we loved the old  Narnia is because it looked like this.” ”  *

For now Howard’s home is here with me.  Someday he will go to his real home, the one in Heaven that Jesus has made for him.

*  Ben Patterson from his introduction to the book of Hebrews in the Prayer Devotional Bible

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Easter Prayer

In one of my husband’s favorite resurrection testimonies, two sad and puzzled followers of Jesus say, “Stay with us…”  (Luke 24:29)

It was almost evening on the first day of the week.   Two of those who had followed Jesus were walking on the road to Emmaus, discussing their questions and disappointment over what had just happened in Jerusalem that passover.  The newly resurrected teacher joined them on the road, but they did not recognize him.  He asked them what they were talking about and then explained from all their scriptures, starting with Moses, that the Messiah would have to suffer before he entered his glory.   Their hearts burned within as he taught.  As they reached their destination, they asked him to stay and share their supper.   He took the bread, gave thanks, and broke it.   In that moment their eyes were opened and they recognized their Jesus, alive again.

Andrew Murray once inspired me with these words regarding the salvation of my children, “Abide in Christ, and let the child feel that to be near you is to be near Christ. Live in the power of the love and the redemption, and the life of Christ; your house will be to the child the ark where Christ is known and found.”*

Glorious Lord, Risen Savior, this Easter Morning, Howard and I ask you again to stay with us, abide with us.  Fill our home with your light and your love.  Teach us, set our hearts on fire, break bread with us.  May all who enter the ark of our home feel they have been with you.   For the Glory of your name and for the sake of your kingdom.  Amen.

* How to Raise Your Children For Christ

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