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ILL. Max Lucado, in his book, "Applause from Heaven," tells about flying home after having been gone for more than a week of speaking engagements.

He says, "I know that my wife & our two daughters will be waiting at the airport for me. And as I walk down the long corridor & round the bend & into the terminal, I’ll see my wife & she’ll have a big smile on her face, & my two little girls will be there. Then my youngest daughter will begin to applaud because Daddy’s been gone & now Daddy’s come home."

Then Lucado adds, "One of these days we’re going to walk down the long corridor through the pearly gates onto the streets of gold. We might see Paul over here & Peter over there & maybe Moses & Elijah."

"But finally," he says, "we’re going to round the bend into the throne room of God, & there on the throne will be God the Father. And by His right side Jesus the Christ." "Then," he said, "we’ll hear the applause of heaven & begin to enjoy God, & God will begin to enjoy us for all eternity."

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