God is preparing something incredible: the unified Heaven and earth. The descriptions tell us that it will sparkle and shine with precious stones and gold. There will no longer be barriers to love. The glory of the Lord will illuminate and life will be fully satisfying. The new Heaven is the guaranteed blessing for all who have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Real joy will abound. No tears. No pain. No mourning. God promises: “All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.“ There will be the absence of sorrow and the fullness of joy! We will see God face-to-Face in our new unbelievably stunning home. The curse of sin and the fear of death will be gone forever.
The death of Ben still makes my heart ache. Ben was about eleven, a little older than our Sophie when we first met him. We rented the Thai house that his mother had built and our friendship with his family grew deep over the years. A compassionate son, friend to many, Ben’s genuine smile bridged cultures. He had a way of making everyone feel at ease. It was fun cheering alongside his father as we watched Ben, in his number eight jersey, play soccer with skill, passion, and integrity. Then came a Thursday morning when his life tragically ended in a motorcycle accident while he was on his way to school. Grief unimaginable. After several days of Buddhist rituals, the community gathered for his cremation. And when I thought I could cry no more, fresh tears formed as a friend of Ben’s family, a famous saxophonist, played Amazing Grace in the stillness of that blue-skyed setting. God, do I know Your grace that is beyond amazing? Will I be with You surrounded by joy, alive in peace, as one who has inherited Your blessings?