"In the classic telling of A Pilgrim's Regress, C.S. Lewis describes an intense longing for the enchanting island, the celestial city of ultimate beauty. Yet in his search he comes to a point at which he realizes that it is not the island in all its splendor for which he is faithfully yearning. Finding this, he wants more. He longs not for the island itself, but for its creator. He then concludes with some sense of shock: 'I set out to find an Island and I have found a Landlord instead.'"
Profound. And true. Yes, the city of God, the new Jerusalem, and Heaven will be free of sin, strife, disease, and suffering.. all the vexing elements of life as we know it. But this is not ultimately what I as a Christian long for. It is being forever in the presence of the love of our Lord, worshipping Him. That is the longing. Amen?