What lies beyond this life? Truth be told, we'll never know. Just as we cannot possibly explain the before of Life, we have no real understanding of what lies beyond.
We may talk of Heaven like we’ve been there several times before, or that we know most of the inhabitants, and are quite sure we ourselves will be models citizens, but again, we haven’t a clue.
We have no knowledge of Heaven, even if we have some powerful hints, hunches, and beliefs. What lies beyond this Life is 100% a matter of faith. Nobody knows. Nobody can say who will be there, if anyone. Nobody can offer a map or the image of the landscape. What we now of Heaven is smaller than a grain of sand.
It is strange that we often talk of heaven with such authority. My own mother told me she would not die until someone came bac and told her exactly what it was like. I reminded her that after four full decades of ministry, nobody had ever returned to explain the event or experience to me.
My raw honesty only made her angry, and she looked at me with disgust, as if had I done my job better, someone would have most assuredly returned and filled me in on the details of heaven, so I might be able to do the very same for my beloved Mom. She asked me how many funerals I had performed, and when I said in excess of a thousand, she glared, and she been able to spit poisonous venom – well, I would have gotten an eye full.
Faith is surrender; it is a knowing that we do not and cannot know. It is embracing the mystery. It is accepting the limitations of our brains and our lives. It is letting go of any effort to be in control. It is absolute proof positive we are not in charge.
The best we can do when considering what lies beyond this Life of ours, is to consider what our lives have shown us and taught us. It would seem likely that what we have experienced in the here and now might well be echoed or foreshadowed in the beyond. Then again, this could be hopelessly and foolishly wrong.
My own conclusion on the subject is quite simple. Everything I have known and loved and experienced, promises me that the beyond will be at the very least, just as good, but I suspect probably better – much better ; a leap of faith better.
O, Lord of Lent, grant us a leaping faith, one which welcomes the chance to greet the beyond. Amen.
Reverend William R. Grimbol has spent the past 30+ years helping people create and develop strong spiritual connections with loved ones and God. He is also a published author, with over a dozen books to his credit.