Entry into Rest

“Adieu, my dear relatives, my precious friends! I rise to God, I am going to my Father. The struggles are over, and I abandon my misery and exchange today the earth for the heavens. By faith, dry the tears from your eyes, banish from your hearts all bitter sadness, and if your love for me was ever sincere, reflect on my joy and be happy for me. Ah! but my lot is wonderful! It is worthy of envy. By death, I pass to the domain of life, and in dying lose nothing but mortality. Follow me, with vows of hope and zeal. If death seperates us for a limited time, God will unite us in eternal glory.”

-Pastor Drelincourt (1595-1669), as recorded by in D. A. Carson, Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson, 140

“For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight—we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 5:1-8