No fear, no sadness, no longing, no illness, no loneliness, no shame. No sin.
It will be eternally so much better.
There will be work, but completely satisfying work. There will be play, heavenly play. There will be friendship, brotherhood, companionship. There will be wholeness. There will be worship! There will be Jesus, and we will know him fully, even as we are fully known.
This is what we wait for. This is what we hope for.
And, I think I caught a quick preview.
Mark and the kids happily romped around outside all day. He was smoking meat in his new (hand-me-down from the neighbor) smoker, a time consuming process. In the interim, he was shoveling compost, filling his beds, planting his gardens.
He was working, and he was enjoying it.
The night proceeded with a celebratory meal honoring our graduating seniors. We ate well, spoke of the Lord's goodness in our students' lives, and danced, danced, danced.
Planting, cooking, feasting, laughing, dancing, praise.
Work, play, relationship, worship.
It really was a beautiful, exhausting, satisfying, wonderful day.
And it got me excited for eternity.
"What we love about this life are the things that resonate with the life we were made for. The things we love are not merely the best this life has to offer - they are previews of the greater life to come." - Randy Alcorn
Lesson Learned: I'm hoping to be placed on the heavenly decorating committee. Just sayin', making things beautiful is work!
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