Life After Life

I tend to dread hearing about friends and family my own age who have passed on, but the reality of the next life should bring great joy. And I suppose it’s a subject a person of any age might think about.

It makes no sense to say that when this life is over, we will remain forever unaware, unconscious, and completely dead under the earth. What about our minds that wonder, think, explore— feelings that experience a gamut of emotions, and the spirit within that seeks to find its Maker? Does all that come to an end when our frame enters the grave? I don’t believe we possess all those marvelous components for them to cease to exist.

Where did I get these ideas from? A good source. The Bible says we are aliens and strangers in this world. – 1Peter 2:11. When I lived in Germany for three years, I was an alien citizen in that country. Where was my true earthly citizenship? The United States of America. So if I’m an alien in this world, where is my real home?

When Jesus left this earth, He referred to the next life when he said that in His father’s house were many rooms, and He was going there to prepare a place for me and every other person who’s trusted Jesus as Savior. John 14:2. Revelation 21 tells us that the dwelling place of God will be with men. It’s an existence where there are no more tears, death, crying or pain. In fact, He’s making it brand new. That sounds like Heaven to me.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Dear Lord, please grant me a heavenly perspective as I travel through this life. Help me to continually be aware of and rejoice in the truth of my eternal destination— the perfect life that awaits.

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