I had rather be in hell with Christ, than be in heaven without Him.  –Martin Luther

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. — CS Lewis

Without holiness on earth we shall never be prepared to enjoy heaven. Heaven is a holy place. The Lord of heaven is a holy Being. The angels are holy creatures. Holiness is written on everything in heaven… How shall we ever be at home and happy in heaven if we die unholy? –JC Ryle

One should go to sleep as homesick passengers do, saying, “Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore.” –Henry Ward Beecher

This earthly body is slow and heavy in all its motions, listless and soon tired with action. But our heavenly bodies shall be as fire; as active and as nimble as our thoughts are. — John Wesley     

Many Christians dread the thought of leaving this world.  Why?  Because so many have stored up their treasures on earth, not in heaven.  Each day brings us closer to death.  If your treasures are on earth, that means each day brings you closer to losing your treasures.– Randy Alcorn

Concerning the loved ones who have passed on … do not try to make me believe that they are doing nothing, merely resting, careless ever. That would imply the condition of Hell, not of Heaven. — G. Campbell Morgan

Death … is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.” – Helen Keller

 

And I saw the river
over which every soul must pass
to reach the kingdom of heaven
and the name of that river was suffering:
and I saw a boat which carries souls across the river
and the name of that boat was
love. — Saint John of the Cross

 

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. — Thomas Moore

If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.
— Vance Havner

On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it. — Jules Renard

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. — John Milton

Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise. — Thomas Watson

I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!  — CS Lewis, The Last Battle

He alone can believe in immortality who feels the resurrection in him already. — Fredrick Robertson

The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried, and smelted, and polished, and glorified through the furnace of tribulation.–Edwin H. Chapin

Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody, of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I shall have gone up higher, that is all; out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal, a body that death cannot touch.”– Dwight L. Moody

I am still in the land of the dying; I shall be in the land of the living soon. (his last words)”  — John Newton

God conceals from men the happiness of death that they may endure life.–Anonymous

Heaven is not all rest. On the door is inscribed: ‘No admission except on business. –Anonymous

How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven.
— Robert A. Heinlein

Where the unveiled glories of the Deity shall beat full upon us, and we for ever sun ourseves in the smiles of God. — Ezekiel Hopkins

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries. — Elizabeth Barret Browning

Cartoonist Arthur Brisbane once pictured a crowd of grieving caterpillars carrying the corpse of a cocoon to its final resting place. The poor, distressed caterpillars, clad in black raiment, were weeping, and all the while the beautiful butterfly fluttered happily above the muck and the mire of Earth, forever freed from its earthly shell.  Needless to say, Brisbane had the average funeral in mind and sought to convey the idea that when our loved ones pass, it is foolish to remember only the cocoon and concentrate our attention on the remains, while forgetting the bright butterfly.

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