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Thursday March 2, 2017

What darkens the soul like a sunless day? Like the moth outside the kitchen window, there's something in us that irresistibly draws us to the light. Life without light would be an exceedingly dull and depressing sojourn. Yet, Scripture tells us that there will be no more sun in the place God is preparing. It's hard to fathom paradise without the sun unless it's possible that something brighter and better actually exists.

The Apostle John put the better thing in the spotlight as he told us that God will recreate Earth as a perfect paradise for His people. In the new Earth, there will be no need for the sun to shine because God will dwell with us and His glory will be our light. Our feeble hearts would burst with excitement if we could conceive the pleasure beyond measure that awaits in the guilt-free, glory-saturated city of God.

What will life in the Light be like? It will be out of this world. Your worst moment there will be better than your best days here combined. Contrary to the popular portrait of disembodied spirits floating on feathery clouds in a state of eternal inactivity accompanied by harps and haloes, Heaven will be a busy place. You see, eternity with God is not just an offer of everlasting life, it's a promise of eternal living.

Imagine a world where people are encouraged to think, dream, write, play, build, and explore without limitation or restraint. Michelangelo will finally find the colors to paint the masterpiece he always knew he had hidden deep within him. Oh, the tales the tellers will tell when they are free to dream. Architects will have no creative roof, the sky will be the limit, and Paris will seem plain compared to the beautiful city of God.

The government will exist only for the good of its people. God's administration will establish a kingdom of true racial, social, and economic equality. Soldiers will gladly burn their boots and melt their weapons into farm tools because when He speaks peace, war will be no more.

We have no such city here, but we are promised one to come. For this, I look; for this, I long, not just for a land where the skies never grow dim, but for a home where the darkness is driven out of me.

Studies have found that infrared light can be used as an effective means of treating heart disease, soothing mental illness, and healing deep wounds. Infrared rays can penetrate into the deepest regions of muscle and bone tissue, providing healing while simultaneously causing no harm. Astonishingly, even seemingly irreversible scar tissue can be treated through the proper amount of light exposure. Medical scientists are only beginning to uncover the potential possibilities of infrared therapy. Our future is bright because of the light.

In the land of light, all our hurts will be healed. The deep, seemingly irreversible scar tissue left by the disappointments of life will be wiped away like a child's warm breath from a backseat car window, to be remembered no more. Broken hearts will be mended. Minds crippled by anxiety and illness will be made well. Bodies bound by the crippling effects of age and disease will dance again in the light of Heaven's Son. 

There will be no more tears because there will be no more reasons to cry. It has been said that Heaven is the only city without a cemetery. Death will pass away. Pain will be no more, and we will bid farewell to goodbye. No one will ever want to die again when life is finally lived the way it was meant to be.

There's a certain sadness that accompanies reaching the end of a good novel. We always wish the writer would have written just a little more. When the Son sets in the New Jerusalem, darkness will rise no more. As much as we thank God for the precious memories we possess of those we've laid to rest, we can also thank Him for the memories that are yet to be made in the City of Light. The last page will never be turned on Heaven's story because the end will never be written.

What will life in the light be like? It will be heaven on earth.

—Ben Webb, Kids Path Bereavement Coordinator

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