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My oldest son loves to read. His mom gets the credit for that. She has a ferocious appetite for reading, (as well as being extremely beautiful). One of the first series of books Kenny read was the children’s version of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. The seventh book is entitled The Last Battle. I have taken it out of my son’s library and added it to mine. I use it as a part of the benediction for celebration of life services (funeral) for Christians. It is those last couple of paragraphs that paint a vivid analogy of our future after the resurrection. Thank you to my church family for the opportunity to offer hope these last 13 years as I have stood with many of you as we have said, “not good-bye, but see you tomorrow.”

Your resurrection, Friend, offers you this future:

“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.

As he 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 about 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 title page:

…now, at last, they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.

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