"Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths" (Psalm 25:4)

"Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths" (Psalm 25:4).

"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:13-14).

It is not so difficult to live the life of heaven as some believe (Heaven and Hell 533).

The Lord wants to give us all the happiness of heaven. Life is a never-ending gift from Him, and He created each one of us with the potential to become an angel. But He leaves us in freedom to choose. Do we want the peace and joy of life in heaven? Or will we reject heaven and instead choose life in hell? While we are immersed in the details of our natural lives, we may not often think about life after death. Yet each of us is continually making choices to either follow the Lord's leading or not.

At one point during the Lord's life on earth, He described this walk as a choice between a narrow gate which leads to life and a broad way which leads to destruction (see Matthew 7:13-14). And in the Heavenly Doctrines for the New Church, there are many descriptions of paths in the spiritual world. Some seem attractive, but really lead to hell, and others look narrow and sad but actually lead to the joy of eternal life in heaven. We choose our way and walk along a path with the decisions we make each day. Will we stubbornly go our own way? Or will we follow the Lord toward the happiness of heaven?

We hope these resources will help you and your family explore ways to look toward heaven and walk the path that leads to everlasting happiness.

Highlights for this topic include


What Heaven Is Like video for young children

Article: "Life After Death" by the Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss

Family Talk: "The Path of Life" by the Rt. Rev. Thomas Kline

 Quotes from the Word about the Way to Heaven (PDF)

Overview of Family Projects and Activities

Sermon: "My Burden Is Light" by the Rev. Patrick A. Rose

  Activity: Ways of Walking (PDF)

 Prayers for Teens - The Way to Heaven (PDF)

  Activity: Find Your Way Through the Maze to Heaven (PDF)

  Sunday School Lesson on Roads to Heaven and to Hell (for ages 6-9) (PDF)

  Activity: Dramatize Angelic Characteristics (PDF)

 Coloring Page: Ways to Heaven and Hell by Marguerite L. Acton (PDF)