In 1952 Florence Chadwick attempted to swim from the Californian mainland to Catalina Island, a distance of 42 kilometres. She swam for 15 hours through rough seas and fog before giving up less than a kilometre from her goal. “All I could see was the fog,” she told reporters later. “I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.”

Over the past two years, it feels like we have been living in a fog, finding it extremely difficult to see the shore – if we could only catch a glimpse then our hope would be revived, and we could press on.

This Easter I am asking God to rekindle hope in you by exploring His many promises concerning the wonderful future He has planned for us and reflecting on Heaven!

Along the way we will also consider some of the questions people have about Heaven.

“What is Heaven like?”

“Will there be pets in Heaven?”

“Will we eat and drink in Heaven?”

“Who is going to Heaven?”

And the most important question of all:

“Can I know for certain I am going to Heaven?”

The promise of Heaven begins in a Garden when God declares He will make “Men and women in His own image.” This statement is spoken by God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – Who are in eternal relationship with each other. Being created in His image means we are creatures who have been made for relationship, with God and other people, sharing His capacity to both give, and receive love.

It is also an invitation to dance with our Creator, to share in the care and nurture of the beautiful world He has made for us, and above all, to experience the deep joy that comes from knowing Him.

As we explore the promise of a future bright with hope, made possible by the events and message of Easter, may it cut through your fog of disappointment and focus you on the shoreline of Heaven.

The best is yet to come!

Q. What questions are you holding about Heaven?