When Heaven Becomes Real

My city has been in the news a lot because of the deaths of five brave servicemen. The last of the funerals was held yesterday.

I have been to a whole lot of funerals as a minister. Even when I was young I had to go to a lot of funerals because my dad was a preacher – and guess who performed all the funerals for family and friends? It seemed like every other week someone would call on my father to preach someone’s funeral, and most were people I did not know.

Unbelievably, however, there are a lot of people in this world (especially America) who have never had to deal with the loss of someone really close, like a parent, sibling, or spouse, not even a grandparent. There are a lot of adults who have never even been to a funeral. For them, as it was for me, heaven is just a place they may believe in, but it’s not really thought of much in terms of an actual destination – like it’s only a metaphor.

All that changes in an instant when a believing loved one dies.

One evening in 1991, shortly before me father died, I went to hear and evangelist speak at my home church. He preached on heaven that night, and one thing he said has stuck with me for the past 24 years. He said, “Heaven will never be as real to you until there’s someone there you want to go see.

Four days later I knew what he meant.

For me, heaven is a real place, a place where I long to go. Over the last few years more and more people have gone on ahead of me and are waiting.

Right now there is a silhouette of golden light tracing the edges of the dark mountain before me. What is on the other side I can barely imagine – I’ve only heard stories. But one day, maybe not long from now, I will receive the call to cross over. There my faith will be made sight.

It’s just a matter of time before I learn what “real” is all about.

 

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5 responses to “When Heaven Becomes Real

  1. Reblogged this on a simple man of God and commented:

    In 13 days (August 12), I reach a milestone of the same nature as Anthony. That will be one year since my mom went on to a closer walk with He. (Do you see what I did there?) I like his words here. You should, too.

  2. Nearly 14 years ago my first baby died before he was born, and ever since then Heaven has been far more real to me. Though most of all I look forward to seeing my Saviour’s face.

  3. Anthony, this comment is in regards to a comment you made on Julie’s blog.
    Anthony, with all due respect you do not know all of the “devils” in the details. My name is also Anthony.
    Julie is very good at moderating comments and excluding some while using only those she can manipulate to make her own point out of context. I do not engage in this practice personally I think it is the action of a controlling, manipulating and insecure person as well as “fearful”
    Nothing said was vulgar or profane…only contrary and Julie can’t handle criticism without moderating and editing.
    Many comments went back and forth between Julie and I, much was discussed. She took one aspect and used it to her advantage out of context and shut down any and all responses from me that disagreed with hers.
    I am responding to you here because you are unaware of how she manages her blog and inputs or critiques.
    Sincerely, Anthony Gomez.
    This blog is owned by Doug Blair, I am a good friend of his a brother in the faith and frequent contributor, Julie knows us both!
    But it is one of those little unflattering details that an errant self professed “genius” is loathe to fess up to.

    • I am really trying to figure out what post you are talking about.

    • OK, I think I found the comment to which you’re referring. It was from back in June. All I can say is that I don’t suppose I need to know the details. All I responded to was what was written. Should the details behind what was written be hidden from me, that doesn’t change my response.

      I hope you and Julie can work things out.

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