A little bit of heaven….
While shopping with some friends in Iowa over the weekend, we stopped in a craft store and saw a sign which said “Because someone we love is in heaven, there’s a little bit of heaven in our home.” One of my friends said, “This applies to the organization you are involved with.” It certainly does, but it also applies to other loses, not just the loss of a spouse.
These friends and I have known each other for about 40 – 45 years and there isn’t much we do not know about each other. Our husbands meet in the military and we became friends quickly. I love how we can share so many things together – the good, the bad and the ugly without any judgment.
We often have some pretty deep discussions of faith, but I do not recall the conversation of heaven in our homes regarding those who have gone before us. Even though I often think about those who have gone before me, I hadn’t thought of a part of them actually being in my home. But what a sweet thought!
There are many scriptures regarding those who have gone before us and the mourning we go through during a loss. My thought goes to the Beatitudes which Matthew 5:4 reads: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. For me there is so much peace knowing God promises to comfort us.
When we think about those we love, they are always in our hearts. When you think about it, as long as our heart is beating, they are always with us. Just thinking of this, seems to help us get through this time. For those who have children and grandchildren with your spouse, there seems to be things that always remind us of them.
One of my past times is working on genealogy. About a year ago, my daughter-in-law had sent me pictures of her sons (my grandsons) school pictures. As I had been going through old pictures of my late husband’s family, I came across a picture of Dan at the same age as one of my grandson’s. Oh wow – the resemblance was unbelievable! In watching my son’s walk, and how noticing how much they walk just like their dad. Also, my daughter will say a phrase that reminds me of something he would say.
Knowing that we will see our loved ones again, is another comfort. Another one of the reminders which God tells us of is: 1 Thessalonians 4:17 reads: After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
I have been blessed with many special people in my life who have walked down many journeys with me. Many times it has been a two way street for us. However, the one who has had the most influence in my life is the one who I have put my hope and trust in, which is Christ.
If you are struggling with something in your life, I pray you seek guidance with someone who can help you. Please contact someone you trust or can count on to help you along this journey. Perhaps it is a good friend, a minister or priest, or a counselor.
I hope and pray you have memories of your loved ones in your heart that puts a smile on your face and you sense a little bit of heaven in your home. One more promise for you: 1 Corinthians 6:14 reads: And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
Blessings to each of you!!!!!