When I die…

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… I want this quote to be read at my funeral:

“And as he [Aslan] spoke he no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story.

All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

CS Lewis from The Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle

In the story, this passage was written after the main characters were killed in an accident. The truth is, this world is really only the cover and the title page, and I believe it is a mere breath compared to the eternity believers will spend with our Lord and Savior. One of the pastors at our church shared this quote, while teaching on the Gospel of John chapter 5. I can’t rehash the whole sermon, but a part of it pricked my heart.

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. 25 I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. 27And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”

28“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. 30By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

John 5:24-27

What do you think about Heaven, and why do you think you’d get to go there? What do you think it means to do good versus evil? If you believe in Heaven, do you really believe, deep in your heart, that Heaven is better than earth? Are you still afraid of death?

These are a few of the questions I asked myself after studying that passage. I need to ponder a little before I write all my thoughts. Let me know what you think.


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  1. SingForHim 94 says:

    I see all you lurkers are scared to get into this one, eh?


  2. I love the quote from the Chronicles of Narnia. So good. I recently bought the Focus on the Family radio theatre drama of all of the Narnia books and they are fabulous. We are currently on A Horse and His Boy.

    You have a lot of questions here that are good to take some time to ponder on. The only one that I can answer assuredly is that I know one day I will meet my Savior in heaven thanks to his death on the cross to pay my sins!


  3. MorningSong says:

    The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe was my favorite book as a child. I have the remaining books and have not read them. You are raising my interest though, now that I am older and will get a few things I am sure I missed as a child. Anyway, I am not afraid of death but I am still enjoying life. I am not ready to die. I am ready in my soul but my mind still wants the familiar. That may seem like opposing thoughts but I think that is natural. I can imagine heaven as a glorious place but I want my loved ones there too. I can’t imagine leaving my kids behind. Now, if we go in the rapture then ok but if we don’t then I want every minute I can with my kids until God sees fit to bring me home.


  4. You HAVE to read the book “heaven” by Randy Alcorn. It poses a lot of questions and comments about how we aren’t living for heaven like we should… I highly recommend it!


  5. melody is Slurping Life says:

    Not afraid, loved reading this post and contemplating. The quote from The Last Battle is one of my favorites.


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