Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (NLT)
One day, all that is wrong and broken in our world will be put right. One day, every tear will be forever wiped away. One day, the rule of God will be perfected in His world. One day, our taste of heaven will cease to be just a taste.
That day is not yet, but that day is coming. This doesn’t mean we sit back in misery, clenching our teeth while putting up with pain and hardship. We make the most of who and where we are while recognising this is not the whole story. John Powell, a writer in the Catholic tradition, puts it well.
“On your way to your eternal home, enjoy the journey. Let your happiness be double in the joyful possession of what you have and in the eager anticipation of what will be. Say a resounding ‘yes’ to life, and to love at all times.
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Some day you will come up into my mountain and then for you all the clocks and calendars will have finished their counting. Together with all my children, you will be mine and I will be yours forever.”
Come Lord Jesus.