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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Our Heavenly Home

A friend, whose husband died recently of lung cancer, visited Gloria and me last night. We shared a comforting discussion about heaven and the New Jerusalem. The subject of mansions—dwelling places—in heaven captured our attention. Although we admitted to having more questions than answers, we agreed heaven is a wonderful place and the home of all believers who exchanged life on earth for a far better life beyond.

Jesus promised to prepare a place for us in the Father’s house. Can you picture what it will be like? Whatever you conjure in your mind may be grand and beautiful, but it will certainly fall short of the indescribably glorious home the Carpenter of Nazareth is preparing for us.

Several years ago, when Gloria and I visited her retired Secret Service brother in Asheville, North Carolina, we toured the famous Biltmore House. Built by George Washington Vanderbilt between 1888-1895, the Biltmore commands four acres of floor space, about 175,000 square feet, 255 rooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, a bowling alley, and an indoor swimming pool. The architectural features and furnishings are exquisite, and the surrounding gardens are strikingly beautiful. But the splendor of the Biltmore pales in comparison to the glory of our future home in heaven.

Of course, Jesus is heaven’s greatest attraction. All the other features are simply priceless perks. If you are sorrowing or experiencing a harsh trial today, take heart. The best is yet to be.

“It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.
Life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Christ.
One glimpse of His dear face all trials will erase.
So bravely run the race, ‘til we see Christ.”

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