Heaven is for Real

Today is the one year anniversary of the death of my friend’s son. In honor of his memory, I am reblogging this original post.  We continue to lift them up in prayers. Today is only the beginning of the journey. May you know that you, too, are loved and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL!


Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Several years ago I was the pastor on-call to make hospital visits.  One of our families called and they were with their son in ER.  He was in pain and dehydrated.  When I arrived he seemed to be doing much better after some fluids and the doctors wanted to send him home.  We prayed together over this little boy for God’s healing favor.

There are times when you just know something.  Have you ever experienced it?  God just speaks to your spirit and you know.  A few months later this little boy was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.  I cannot even imagine the struggle they have had these last several years.  Doctors, hospitals, chemo, medicine and all the pin pricks that are supposed to be part of the cure…But with all of the advancement in medicine and technology, this little boy lost his fight with cancer today.

Last night I said to someone that we don’t need God in America because we have doctors, lawyers, and Meijer.  It was obviously spoken tongue & cheek.  Today, my friends are standing as examples of just how much we need God!  Today, my friends will make decisions that parents should not have to make.  Today they will select a casket for their child, make funeral arrangements, and make phone calls that they never thought they would make.

Death is a part of life; it is a reality.  But it still hurts.  We all know it will come one day and we cannot stop it.  But we want to stop it.  And where is God in all of this?  He is right here!  He was with them for every test, chemo session, and needle biopsy.  He was there when they held hands around the dinner table.  And He was there when their little boy to his first breath of heavenly air.  Death may be a part of life, but Heaven is for real and forever!

My friends can know that they know that they know their little boy is with Jesus in heaven.  They can know that they know that they know they will see him again in heaven.  They can know that they know that heaven is for real!  I hope you also know that heaven is for real.

Keep fighting the good fight of faith!

2 Comments on “Heaven is for Real

  1. Though it is very, very sad to hear the announcement that the parents have lost their fight to keep their child alive for as long as they could, to keep him here on earth with them, so they could be with him, to see him, to live with him and inter-act with him each of his days here on earth, it is a joyful proclamation to hear that Joey is with the Lord Jesus. The little lamb, the child of Christ has gone home to be with his Shepherd. The Shepherd will take care of him now, for actually Joey will need no care, he is healthy and whole, happy and free of all pain. It is HIS DAY. His parents can rejoice because we are told we will be reunited again…….and what a reunion that will be. In the meantime, parents, prayer will keep you close to your son, and the fond memories and the love that you have for him and the love that he has for you. And let us not forget the great love that Jesus showed us on that rugged cross that is THE reason we will all be reunited with our loved ones, and that IS THE reason Joey is in heaven TODAY. Bless you family of Joey.

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