Have you ever wondered if there really was a heaven? I know I have, but I have always been cautiously optimistic.
You’ve heard the stories of people that were clinically dead and a few minutes later come back to life with incredible stories of what they experienced–from bright lights to seeing a loved one on the “other side.” The stories always seemed wonderful, but I was still doubtful. How can that be true? Would God really want us to know what was waiting for us when we were going to heaven?
One day, while working in the Customer Service department a woman called to cancel her subscription to the St. Anthony Messenger magazine. When I asked her why she was canceling she told me she was 80 years old. Two weeks before, while on the operating table, she died for four minutes.
She asked me if I had ever heard the stories of the bright, white light. When I told her yes she giggled and said it was absolutely true. I asked her if she was afraid and she said no. She had a great sense of peace as she was heading to the bright light. She knew she was dead and heading to heaven and then in an instant she heard a voice telling her that her job was not done. She had things to do before she could come Home.
I don’t know about you, but that put goosebumps down my arms! This lady was canceling her newspapers, magazines and bank accounts so that when she finally does go Home her responsibilities would be less for those that remain behind. She was so joyful, so inspiring, so awesome, I believed her!
Upon reflection of this woman’s story, I was thinking why is it I have no problem believing in the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. In a word, I have faith. Jesus is in my heart. He is a part of my being, of who I am.
On this Easter day do you have faith that Jesus died and was resurrected for you? I do, and that too gives me goosebumps!
Featured image: dan/FreeDigitalPhotos.net