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Looking forward to Heaven: Contemplate Beauty!

Off the back of Sunday’s sermon I’m going to post a few of my favourite quotes on heaven, our eternal inheritance in Christ, over the next week. Here’s the one I read at Westbury last night to kick us off:

‘Almost everyone, at least at some level, thinks that this world is more appealing that the world to come. It is because we do not spend enough time contemplating beauty, because we do not take into our hearts the realization that all of the wonders and marvels, all of the joys and triumphs, of this world are only a tiny spark thrown from the fire of Beauty that burns in the mind of God. The feeling that we have when the Ring is finally destroyed in the Fires of Mouth Doom is only a distant harbinger of the dawn that awaits the soul at the end of the world, when the darkness that sin brings across the horizons of our lives is broken, when the forgotten tastes of childhood rise up again in all of their intensity and then are shown to be nothing, a shadow and a ghost, in comparison with the reality that lies ahead.’
Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity, p.231.