Heaven, the heart’s deepest longing

Chronicles of NarniaI am reading a book by Peter Kreeft about Heaven. Professor Kreeft is a philosopher, so I don’t understand everything he talks about. Philosophers have a way of writing and talking that is different from my own patterns of speech. But copied on one page where the topic was “will heaven be boring” was the following quote from the final page of C.S. Lewis book, The Chronicles of Narnia”

“You do not yet look so happy as I mean you to be. (Aslan speaking)

” Lucy said, “We’re so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often”. “No fear of that,” said Aslan. “Have you not guessed?” Their hearts leaped and a wild hope rose within them. “There was a real railway accident,” said Aslan softly. “Your father and mother and all of you are – as you used to call it in the Shadow-Lands – dead. The term is over; the holidays have begun. The dream is ended; this is the morning.”

And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page; now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on for ever, in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

When I read those words I thought about my sisters and parents and all my relatives and friends, especially Christine, and I felt a little jealous. The real story has begun for her and for all those dear ones I have lost. The life they led here where they learned to love greatly and to give so much of themselves was just a preparation for the life they are living now. I am sure they miss those dear ones whom they loved and had to leave behind, and if they could, they would tell us that they are waiting for us, for our time to leave the “Shadow Lands”, to come home to where we were meant to be.