What Heaven Can Be

This is a translation of a scriptural meditation from the Russian book, “Day by Day”. Lewis connection follows

"Scripture: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived — the things God has prepared for those who love Him’ (1 Cor: 2, 9)


"What a great reward awaits those who love the Lord! What awaits them is something that our weak human mind cannot even understand! And what a vast future these words open before us! We feel in them something we cannot explain, because while we are on earth we cannot even imagine this wonderful world which awaits us beyond the grave.

"Many people fear death, fear the unknown, and try to understand this mystery which the Lord has not wished to reveal to us. But isn’t His holy word sufficient for us, isn’t it sufficient for us to know that there, in that world of light, there will be complete bliss for the faithful? And how can we not know that this bliss is too great and wonderful for us to comprehend now?

“Here we are still surrounded by twilight; our physical eyes would not be able to bear that great light, just as our weak, limited mind cannot take in that which will be revealed to our soul when we enter eternal life. And if we could now comprehend and understand this mystery, its entire meaning would be diminished. But our whole inner sense tells us about eternal life, about eternal love and eternal truth, and our entire being must be imbued with the conviction that ‘our present sufferings are worth nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed in us’ (Rom: 8, 18)”

A descriptions of what heaven can be come to mind from “The Last Battle” and “The Great Divorce”:

From “The Last Battle”:

“And as [Aslan] spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of he great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

And from “The Great Divorce”, the main impression of what heaven can be like comes from the Bright Spirits – their love and affection for the Ghosts whom they want to save, despite the recalcitrance of the latter.


“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8)