Alcorn offers one of the best analogies of death I have ever heard:
When a person dies, he is like a ship leaving the seashore. All his loved ones slowly watch him sail off into the ocean, sad and crying, forlorn.
Yet, on the other side of the ocean, beyond the view from those on Earth, the ship is seen arriving on another seashore. Those in heaven are crying tears of joy and welcome, awaiting his arrival in heaven.
The trip in the boat only takes a split second.
This analogy reminds me that death is not an end, it is a transition. We are leaving one world and joining another.
This post was inspired by the book In Light of Eternity by Randy Alcorn.