We can hope for many things! I can hope tomorrow is sunny as I have a huge amount of washing to get dry. I can hope my wife picks up some meat for dinner on her way home from work. Then there are the bigger questions about what should I hope for when a close friend or relative dies? And, at a more personal level, I can wonder what hope is there for me when I finish my life on earth?
Some of these questions are very practical in nature. If it rains tomorrow, then I can wash the next day. If my wife doesn’t pick up the meat, then I can pop out to the butcher. But when it comes to the big ticket items, like what happens after death, people will have various views. Some have a pragmatic approach, that when life is over, that’s it! However, my guess is that most of us hope for something more. We hope if we get to this place called Heaven it will be worth it – even if we don’t really know what it will be like. We might also question whether we are worthy of getting into Heaven, or whether such a place even exists?
We often feel confronted by these questions when someone dies, as we are forced to face our own mortality. For many people this will naturally lead them to think about God. Does God require me to live a certain way? Will I be good enough? All these questions are well worth pondering. But be assured that despite our human failures and struggles God has a plan for each one of us. As C S Lewis wrote: ‘Your place in Heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it – made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand’.
Accepting God’s love gives us a hope in a future that goes beyond our life on earth.
C S Lewis – The Problem of Pain
This article is part of Faith Journey, a newsletter from the National Centre for Evangelisation.