God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. (Revelation 21:3-4)
I know of no passage in all of God's Word that brings such comfort to me. So often, generally during a funeral, I have commented that streets of gold and gates of pearl strike no special cord with me. However, I fully understand mourning, crying and pain, so this promise from God resonates loudly in my soul!
This is not to say that I have not known much joy during my years. I certainly have had more than I had any right to expect. Even in these days when life has more than a little discomfort, I still remain full of joy. Still, all about me, I see mourning, crying, and pain. To hear an aged one, with tears, ask, "Why has God not called me home?" or to face a family who have just lost a child, in agony asking, "Why so young?" is heartbreaking. These are the real challenges. Most of the problems I face are of such little importance. Most of my pain is transient and minor. But, facing the true pains of doubt and loss, well these try one's wisdom and faith.
If heaven truly has golden streets and pearly gates, it will scarcely excite me. But, when I see joy instead of mourning, hear laughter instead of crying, and find no one in pain, I will fall to my face and shout loudly, "Home at last! Thank God, I'm home at last!"