I asked my 10-year-old son Steve, “Why do you want to go to heaven?” I expected to hear something about streets of gold or not having to go to school or something similar. Instead, he said, “Because I want to see Grandpa.”
It’s been several years since my dad, Steve’s grandpa, went to be with the Lord. But I don’t think time will ever diminish how much Steve admires and misses his World War II veteran grandfather. That’s why the fact that Steve will see him again in heaven is so important to him.
The prospect of heaven is one of the most comforting truths in the Bible. Not only can we find hope in knowing that we will someday be in Jesus’ presence, but we can also anticipate seeing loved ones who are waiting for us on the other side (1 Th. 4:14,17).
Imagine a grieving widow who has the assurance of being reunited with her husband of 50 years. Imagine sorrowing parents knowing that their child who succumbed to disease will be reunited with them. What a wonderful hope!
The promise of reunion in heaven gives us a glimpse of what our eternal home will be like. The prospect of seeing the people we love gives us snapshots of heaven in an album of hope.
When my life on earth is ended
And I reach the other shore,
I shall meet my own dear loved ones
Who have gone that way before. —Reef
Goodbyes are the law of earth; reunions are the law of heaven.