Something written by Anne Graham Lotz and emailed as a daily 'inspirational thought' to readers in October of last year. It seem especially appropriate in light of her father, Billy Graham's death and pending funeral:
The Narthex to Eternity
"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."
~ John 17:3 NIV
"Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Westminster Abbey in London. It is a grand cathedral where many of the kings and dignitaries of England are buried, and where the kings and queens receive their coronations. The narthex is small, dark, and cramped - just a brief space to pass through between the outside door and the door leading into the cathedral itself. I can't imagine anyone visiting the abbey and being satisfied to stay in the narthex. I also can't imagine anyone who would make an enormous effort to stay there with no thought to passing through to the glory of what lives beyond.
"Your life and mine here on earth is like the narthex to a grand cathedral. Our lives are simply an area to pass through on our way to the glory of eternal life that lies beyond the door of death. Physical death for a believer is simply a transition into real life. And it's God's purpose that you and I live forever ---- with Him!"