Heaven is a Long Hello

Last week was a reminder of mortality. Not only did I officiate a funeral, but a member of a previous church I
served passed away, as well as the father of a dear friend. We know that, unless Jesus returns first, every one of
us will die one day. Everyone we know will pass. There will always be difficult goodbyes.

Yet, the hope of Heaven is that, for believers, death is not a “good-bye,” but rather, a “see you later.” The
chorus of a song I heard years ago said, “Heaven is a long hello.” As I get older, and have to say goodbye to
more and more loved ones, that concept of Heaven as a long hello begins to resonate with me more and more.
There will be no more goodbyes, just a long hello. Take comfort today in the promise of heaven.
“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will
be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or
mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev. 21:3–4