Several weeks ago I spent a Sunday evening watching the “ legacy celebration” of Dr. Charles Stanley. I was not an astute follower of Charles Stanley but I am familiar with him. I don’t know why I turned it on, I just felt drawn to it. How glad I am that I did. The service opened with a medley of hymns, the hymns I learned as a child and haven’t heard in a very long time. I drank those in like water for a thirsty soul. I heard the wisdom of my heroes of the faith; Chuck Swindoll, Jim Cymbala, David Jeremiah, Franklin Graham. They were interspersed with my favorite gospel singers: CeCe Winans, the Collingsworth family, and the southern gospel quartet of Greater Vision. While they honored Dr. Stanley, none of them, NONE OF THEM, missed this opportunity to share the message of Christ and the promise of Heaven. It was a little surprising to see those Baptists with their hands in the air like they just didn’t care! Apparently, Dr. Stanley’s favorite song was “ I’ll Fly Away” albeit they did sing a little slow.
I didn’t realize how hungry I was to hear about Heaven. To be reminded that this is not my home and that’s probably the reason I’m never fully content. To remember that all the things wrong on this earth will be made right. There was a clip of Dr. Stanley preaching about Heaven, he said our “number” won’t be up, we’ll be called home BY NAME. Maybe it’s just me, but I needed to be reminded. I needed a breath of fresh Heaven air. Knowing Heaven is ahead making this earth easier to bear.
The Bible says that eyes have not seen and ears have not heard, our limited imagination is, well, limited. But I enjoy dreaming. My friends struggling with health in our aging bodies will be running and jumping, doing all the things their physical condition hampers right now. My chronically ill grandson will never have another shot, CGM or pump issues. Prodigal children won’t break our hearts, budgets will cease and potato chips will have no carbs. There will never be another goodbye.
We ought to talk about Heaven more. What are you most looking forward to when we get over there?