Have you ever hoped for something you didn’t get?

I’ll never forget the dog in the basement.

I was a kid, and we were at an indoor fair, where all the kiosks are set up to give free pencils, pens, brochures for their company, etc.  In the basement of this place was this beautiful, incredible, adorable, shelter dog.  I was probably about ten or eleven.  Anyway, this dog was just . . irresistible, like Rover on Sesame Street.  I felt wonderful just looking at him.  I can’t imagine what it would have been like to play with him.  I begged and begged for him.  He was one-of-a-kind.

I didn’t get him.

I don’t know what happened to him.

We all hope for things.  Maybe a lot more than we would like to admit . . or that we even admit to ourselves.  We hope for gifts, wealth, jobs, recognition, fame, awards, friends, spouses, children, grandchildren, retirement . . and sometimes we hope for bad things to go away.  We hope our parents won’t get divorced.  We hope our friend who has cancer won’t have cancer anymore.  We hope our child won’t have a lapse in judgment and drive drunk.

God knows our hopes.  And Heaven is the realization of our ultimate hope: that we will one day be with Jesus Christ.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

See Copyright Page for Bible translation information.

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