Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV)
Hymn 346:3-4 Death Is Dead, the True Life Liveth
He who rose from death all-glorious
Soon will gather to His side
Those who sleep in Him, victorious
By the blood His wounds supplied;
Flesh and spirit, through His merit,
Jesus, death’s Destroyer, make me
Day by day to die with Thee;
Thus, with Thee arising, take me
Thine through all the days to be–
Thine forever, faithless never–
This may prayer unceasingly.
Jesus, my Savior, thank You for giving me the inheritance of eternal life in heaven. Give me patience as I await Your return, and help me to share the joy of forgiveness and salvation in Your name. Amen.