Thursday, April 11, 2013

Crying Over Happy Endings

My kids get embarrassed when I start weeping while reading to them.

Today was one of those days.

We finished reading Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher, and it had a happy ending. A very happy ending.  It was one of those everything-bad-suprisingly-turns-good endings. And I couldn’t read it without choking back tears.

“Dad!” the kids complained.

“I’m sorry,” I said, “I can’t help it. When we read a happy ending like that, when it’s full of love and joy and peace and surprises, it’s an echo of heaven. And that moves your heart because we all long for heaven.”

I’m sorry that they have to put up with a weepy homeschool dad, but I’m not sorry that I cry for happy endings–they remind me that we who belong to Jesus are headed for the happiest ending of all.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "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." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"  (Rev 21:1-5a)