Brother!  Is Jesus Christ so much to you that a heaven which consists in nearness and likeness to Him has any attraction for you?  Let Him be your Savior, your Sacrifice, your Helper, your Companion.  Obey Him as your King, love Him as your Friend, trust Him as your All.  And, be sure that, then, the darkness will be but the shadow of His hand and, instead of dreading death as that which separates you from life and love and action and joy, you will be able to meet it peacefully as that which rends the thin veil and unites you with Him who is the Heaven of heavens. – Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), from a meditation on John 14.2-3.

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