A Happily Ever After that Never Ends
A devotional written by Alexis A. Goring
This devotional is based on the end quote in a movie that I saw a year ago on The Hallmark Channel. The movie was called, “Love By The Book”. Here’s a link to the official trailer for the movie.
“Love By The Book” is a movie about a hopeless romantic who grew up with a steady serving of fairy tales. So at a very young age, she fully embraced the storybook concept of meeting Prince Charming, marrying him and living happily ever after. Now as an adult, that’s what she’s looking for in the dating scene. But after kissing many “frogs”, she’s failed at finding the perfect storybook romance that her heart so desires, and she starts to question her fairy tale beliefs.
I watched this movie a long time ago, so I do not recall the intricacies of the plot. But I do recall quite clearly the end quote from the hero to the heroine at the end of the movie. He told the heroine, “Do you know what I don’t like about happily ever afters? After happily ever after, the story ends.”
Such a line made faith and fiction collide in my mind! Allow me to spend the next few paragraphs explaining what I realized in that moment.
As believers in God and followers of Jesus Christ, we have a promise that our life story will not end permanently after we reach “the end” of our life. We can rest in the truth that if we lived for Jesus Christ and followed Him during our lives here on Earth then when He returns, He will take us home to heaven. There, in that perfect place, we will experience an unparalleled happily ever after that rivals Cinderella and every other perfect fairy tale book ending and it’s unrivaled because this happily ever after never ends!
There are verses in the Bible that talk about how we’ll “walk the streets of gold” (Revelation 21:21) in Heaven. God, who created you, will wipe away all of the tears that were caused by your deep pain and devastation that you faced while living on Earth.
Let’s read Revelation 21:4 (KJV). It says, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Never again will you have to kiss a loved one goodbye as cancer or another disease claims their life. There will be no need for insurance of any type because everything will be perfect and death will not happen to anyone or any thing ever again. You’ll get to talk with God and Jesus Christ in person and live forever in a perfect body!
I don’t know about you, but such a wonderful promise of eternal life in a sin-free existence makes my heart happy! Who needs a fictional fairy tale “happily ever after” that ends the story forever, when you have a real-life promise that if you believe in Jesus and follow Him then you will live happily ever after with the Prince of Peace (Jesus Christ), for eternity?
And who needs to pursue earthly royalty for a happily ever after here on Earth when the Bible says that we as children of God are “joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17)? Do you know what that means? It means that you and I are adopted into God’s family, which makes us royalty!
So, ladies always remember that you are a princess, and gentlemen, always keep in mind that you are a prince. And always, ladies and gentlemen, remember that your Heavenly Father is King of kings, Lord of lords, the Creator of the Universe and is waiting to bless you with a happily ever after that lasts for all of eternity.
Author Bio (short): Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.
Book Blurb for A Second Chance (book) by Alexis A. Goring:
Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.
Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.
Connect with Alexis
“God is Love” blog: http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com
Purchase link for A Second Chance (book): Amazon