Where earth and sky meet
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:1-6
And we can touch Heaven.
The heavens declare the glory of God. Psalm 19
Being in the presence of God is wonderful beyond description. Sometimes a picture, or during special moments in prayer, I catch a whiff of what that will be like. Then it makes my spirit soar. But, I think, only when we are before the throne of God will we truly know what the abundant life is all about.
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
The absence of God is a horror of equal dimension in the other direction. Only those caught in Hell will realize the depth of this hopelessness. There is no picture I have to convey this, so I will only put forth the words of Jesus in describing such a place:
“But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” (Mark 14:21)
Looking up Snow Lakes Trail into the Enchantments
At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like angels in heaven. Matt. 22:30
This verse gives us a little peak into life after death. It is not meant to be a complete picture of heaven, just a glimpse. For someone who has lost a family member it can be very reassuring. When I think of my parents, to know they are “like angels” helps me deal with the loss. I look forward to the day when I can join them. Some people will be like the Sadducees (a Jewish sect that did not believe in the resurrection) calling Jesus’ statement “hogwash.” Reading in Matthew 22 Jesus’ responds to the scoffers: “you are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” No doubt my understanding of heaven is incomplete and sorely lacking, but I do know that Jesus loves my parents, and His power goes way beyond my understanding. Therefore, if I am mistaken about what the phrase, “they will be like angels,” means. I error on the side of being too shallow and meagerly.
Phil Yancey in his book on prayer, mentions that Jesus prayed in difficult circumstances as a reminder of His true home.
“And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 21:41-42)
When I take a photo of a beautiful scene it reminds me that I am longing for a better place. A home where there is no evil, no death, and no destruction. A place where life is all it was created to be. The photograph becomes a prayer: a reminder of my true home.
Grief, in some sense, is also a longing for a place where death does not touch those we love, where suffering ceases and life can be truly enjoyed. Our grief then becomes a prayer: a reminder of our true home.