In just a few weeks the schools will break up for the summer holiday. Many families will be packing their bags and heading off to destinations in the UK, Europe and beyond, to chill out and relax. Whether it is a traditional week by the sea, lazing by a villa in the sun, a city break exploring the sights or engaging in more active outdoor pursuits, my guess is that having good weather will be a priority. Like an oasis, holidays offer refreshment and escape from normality. We look forward to escaping the hum drum routine of daily life, the pressures of work and school, even the sorrows and disappointments that accompany life.
For many people their dream home would be located in the kinds of locations that we favour for our summer holidays. The Channel 4 TV show ‘A Place in the Sun’ taps into our desire to live in a warm sunny climate, beautiful surroundings with proximity to the sea. No matter how comfortable our present circumstances may be there seems to be an innate longing for something better.
At the heart of the Christian message lies an expectation that this life is not the best it gets. We look forward with expectancy to the day when heaven and earth will be renewed and we will spend eternity in paradise with Christ. Our eternal home will be a place of such beauty and peace that even the most idyllic holiday destination will seem bland in comparison. After a while, even those living in a dream home find that there are chores to do and sorrows to be experienced, but we will never get bored exploring God’s new creation which will be full of joy and free from sorrow.
The Christian message also tells us that this eternal hope is a gift to be received rather than a reward to be earned. Many people give hours of thought to planning a holiday in the sun, which lasts an all too brief few weeks, yet give no thought about preparation for eternity. If you would like to know how you can be certain about an eternity in paradise then please visit us on a Sunday or contact us during the week in the church office.
This blog post featured in the July/August 2014 edition of Hook Focus