*I know these posts are a bit of a deviation from my usual topics, but I write what is close to my heart and while normally it's family stuff, right now it's heavier things.
Sometime in the last few weeks I had my first conversation with Miss Rose about heaven and hell. She was asking some questions about consequences on earth, and I was explaining that there are eternal consequenes also. As it is with most children her age, the conversation wasn't long, but she revisited it later that night as I was tucking her in.
"Mama, what's heaven like?"
"Just imagine all of your favorite things and everything that makes you happy and that's what it will be like forever."
"You mean, like having a Nintendo DS"? (something she doesn't have yet but wants so desparately)
"Yes honey, like that."
"Will their be food in heaven? Toys?"
"Yup--better than all of that."
"Will you be in heaven? Daddy?"
"Of course sweetheart, we will be."
With a satisfied sigh, and a look of contentment on her face, she snuggled down into her covers. Of course I was touched that when it came down to it, the presence of her parents in heaven was what translated to her as the best thing ever.
Our converstion came back to me as I have been reflected on the life of my friend today, and his new residence in heaven.
He's there now. With other loved ones. This morning, I was imagining him cradling Baby Grace, as he knew her mom.
And I longed for heaven. To take up residence there. For Jesus to return and take all of us Home.
Although I'm putting in a request. I'd like my mansion to be on on a particular street. A street where my childhood friends, many of whom are my adulthood friends also, live on one side and my college and adult friends live on the other.
I love these people so much. We share so many special memories. If I could live near them all now, I would. In fact there are some of us who have been reconnecting in person lately, and it's just been the best times. We share such a bond, over so many things.
So I want a mansion by all of them. I guess my friend is just one of the first to take up permanent residence in our new community. Hold our spot buddy. We're coming.
[and yes, did the tears ever flow this morning at church. the presence of God brings such freedom and comfort. being a pastor, I was in two services, and could barely sing a note. but it was good. tears are good.]
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