By Pastor Thad Gifford Contributing Columnist
April 4, 2014
I was traveling on a plane this week, and noticed the lady sitting beside me reading a book by the title “Is Heaven Real?” I so wanted to engage her but did not get the opportunity to do so. There are some people still trying to figure out if Heaven is for real. My Bible says it is, and by faith, I believe it. And one of these days, when I leave this world, my eternal home will be in Heaven. I read this poem this week and wanted to share it with you. The author is unknown. I hope this helps you know that life is short, but eternity is not. One day, each one of us will keep our appointment and leave this world. Are you ready?
“To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say, but first of all to let you know that I arrived okay. I’m writing this from Heaven, where I dwell with God above, where there are no tears or sadness, there is just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy, just because I’m out of sight, remember that I’m with you, every morning, noon and night. That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me, and said, ” I welcome you.”
“It’s good to have you back again. You were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on. I’m so glad you’re here as part of my big plan, there’s so much that I have to do, to help our mortal man.” Then God gave me a list of things He had to do, and foremost on that list is to watch and care for you. God promised to be beside you, every day of the week and year, and when you’re sad He’s standing there, to wipe away the tears.
When you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight, God is closest to you in the middle of the night. When you think of my life on Earth, and all those loving years, because you’re only human, there’s bound to be some tears. One thing is for certain, though my life on Earth is over, I am closer to you now than I ever was before. And to my many friends, trust God knows what is best. I am not far away from you, I’m just beyond the crest. There are rocky roads ahead for you and many hills to climb, with God, you can do it, taking one day at a time. It was my philosophy and please I’d like for you, to give unto the world, so the world will give to you.
If you can help someone who’s in sorrow or in pain, then you can say to God at night, my day was not in vain. And now I am contented that my life it was worthwhile, knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile. When you’re walking down the street and I am on your mind, I’m walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind. And when you feel a gentle breeze of wind upon your face, that’s me giving you a great big hug, or just a soft embrace. When it’s time for you to go from that body to be free, remember you are not going, you are coming home to me. I will always love you, from this place way up above, and I will be in touch again, and maybe, one day really soon.
P.S. God sends His love.
Don’t you wish there were visiting hours in Heaven? I do. I have so many people I’d like to see again. But there isn’t and there’s only one way that we will see our family and loved ones again — that is to be Born Again. If you have not been, check it out and find out how to be. Call me. I will gladly help you know where you will spend your eternity. God bless you and that is “something to think about” for this week.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at (740) 852-7800, e-mail him at m.thad.gifford.com or at their website www.3c-church.org.