I was skimming a sermon illustration website for any new illustrations of heaven, and boy, I found a powerful one.  It’s a quote by the famous Christian author/pastor J. I. Packer about heaven, a beautiful thought:

“Hearts on earth say in the course of a joyful experience, ‘I don’t want this ever to end.’ But it invariably does. The hearts in heaven say, ‘I want this to go on forever.’ And it will. There can be no better news than this.”

I can’t think of many times I’ve had the thought that “I wish this would never end.”  I remember thinking that every time I’d come home on leave from the Navy, for I was still single and lived across the country from my family, loved ones and friends.  I remember thinking it on my wedding day, especially at the reception.   I remember thinking it multiple times on my honeymoon.   I remember thinking it during a cross country drive with my new wife.  And I remember thinking it on a Saturday morning when my wife worked and I had the joy of watching my month old daughter.  I’m sure there were other times as well, but those are the ones I remember distinctly.  And it’s so true.  All those times were times of great delight, where my heart was full and bursting with joy.  And it’ll be like that every moment in heaven.  It’s hard to imagine here on earth where every experience like that ends, but it’s absolutely true and one more reason to focus on what we or our loved ones gain when we go to heaven instead of how much we lose.       Ed

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