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That’s Heaven!

I have no idea what heaven will look like. I’ve got a very strong hunch, though, that it will include the best versions of the things and people I love most on earth. That’s not wild speculation. Salvation history, as read in the Bible and in our lives, is the story of God patiently—ever so patiently—revealing himself to us and wooing us toward a loving relationship with him so that we might choose by faith to be with him forever. The backdrop of this divine love story is our contact with his creation. The beauty of nature, our deep friendships with good people, the development of human reason, and, dare I add, good food, good art, good music, and good fun…all are pieces of God’s creation, and when we use them well, they all point us to him as the source of all goodness and truth. The fact that God would take the form of his creation with the incarnation of Jesus Christ is the ultimate evidence that his creation is very, very good.

If God’s creation is that good, don’t you think it’s unlikely that it will all pass away completely, with nothing like it in its place? It’s true that the new heaven and earth foretold in Revelation to John (21:1) will be very different from the fractured, broken reality we know now. But no great food in heaven?! Really?! As I said, I think it only makes sense—in spiritual terms—that heaven will be full of the best versions of our favorite things.

Much more importantly, if we answer affirmatively his loving call to be with him forever, heaven will be full of the best versions of ourselves and of the people whom we love. If you want to get excited about heaven, take a moment to imagine being with all your favorite people, not as they are now but rather as fully the people God created them to be. Imagine them in perfect health of mind, body, and soul, fully in love with God, and in perfect harmony with everyone else. No imagine a human family living in the presence of God with no envy, anger, anxiety, rancor, or fear. That’s heaven!

—from The Way of Serenity by Fr. Jonathan Morris, pp. 227-228

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