The End - NOT!
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:10 NIV
Driving on the highway one day, I noticed a tractor rig with the large print words "THE END" painted on the trailer. Intrigued, I sped up to see the message underneath in smaller letters. Then, somewhat disappointed, I read "To High Prices" followed by the store name. While it held no deep philosophical thought, it was brilliant advertising.
For followers of Christ, when we have completed our mortal years, it's not the end. Through him, it's merely the beginning of our remainder. Whatever troubles we've experienced on earth are temporary. God will restore our sick and aging bodies to something new. The best part, though, is we will be with Jesus in glory forever. All the injustice and oppression gone, be sure they do not exist in God's kingdom.
God, we thank you for your grace. You call us through Jesus to be with you through eternity. Thank you for that promise. We pray for all those suffering now that you give them healing and peace in this life. Remind them that you are their God now and forever. In the name of your Son Jesus, we pray. Amen.