Yes, you read the title correctly - so for those not interested in sermons it might be time to switch off your computer! Its not really a sermon as such, rather a comment (soap box moment) about something someone said in church today.
A bit of background information for those who don't usually go to church (and are still reading): Christians believe in heaven. Its the whole point of Christianity - we believe in life after death - those in Christ will be raised to eternal life - perfect life, no more sickness, mourning, crying or pain I believe are the bible's exact words on the subject.
Today someone was praying in church (in front of everyone) and described heaven as being a 'cold comfort' to someone whose relative had died. I nearly choked. I understand where he was coming from in that sometimes when you are grieving nothing feels like a comfort. BUT this is church for goodness sake. We (Christians) don't believe that the hope of heaven is a cold comfort - we believe it is THE ONLY source of true comfort for a Christian. There is no greater comfort than knowing that your loved one is no longer suffering and that you will be reunited with them in eternity. If there is no comfort in the hope of heaven then we as Christians are wasting our time and should just stay in bed on Sunday mornings.
OK, I'm stepping down from my soapbox now.
I was unsure about whether to post this as I know a lot of people reading this aren't 'churchy' but I want to be open on this blog about all aspects of myself and my life. I don't want to start a major controversy, and I definitely do think there are many sources of comfort when you are grieving, but for Christians the hope of heaven has got to be the main one.