**John and I were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is one of John’s and is about Our Father “in heaven”. It fell on Day 9 of this series.**
Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:2
“John, I’m 88 years old. I don’t have too many days left, but we’ll meet again in heaven.”
These were the heart-wrenching words my grandmother said to me as I hugged her good-bye before traveling to Northern Ireland. These words echo the writing of Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:2 where it says, “We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.”
If you’ve read C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, you’ll remember the following scene in The Last Battle. After all the characters have gone through the door, Jewel the Unicorn says, “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!” Then all the Narnians charge deeper into heaven.
These two stories have something in common. My grandma is counting the days until she can finally see her real country, the place where she truly belongs, the place she has been longing for her whole life. As a Christian, we should all have this longing. It’s as if, once you know Jesus and get a small taste of heaven, nothing is ever good enough again. That’s why we as Christians have a responsibility to live as though heaven is inside of us, ready to be released for the rest of the world to see.
What can we do today to let heaven shine through?
Today lets pray for children in poverty.