Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Yesterday, I took the book HEAVEN IS FOR REAL by Pastor Todd Burpo, to the nursing home and spent several hours reading the story to MIL and her roommate who is 100 years old! The book is a true story about a 4 year old boy who had a ruptured appendix and undiagnosed for 5 days. Transported to a new hospital and while in surgery, he actually died on the operating table and went to heaven. When asked about being in the hospital afterward, he told his parents that was where "the angels sang to me".
As I sat reading I kept glancing up at these two elderly ladies who were paying rapt attention to the story. They can't wait for me to come back again today and read some more!
I've read it before but it is more meaningful to me now that I am sharing. Yesterday while I was with MIL, our Pastor came in and I encouraged her to talk with him about the angels that she sees. She told him some astounding things and I was glad she could talk. What bothers me most is that she said she doesn't think she will go to heaven as she hasnt' been good enough. And her roommate has said similar things. Is this their generation talking? Not good enough to go to heaven? Our Pastor told her that all she had to do was believe and be forgiven for her sins and she would go. I joked with her that she would probably be one of his next sermons.
So I am working on the faith issue with her. There are some obstacles in the way and I need to figure out how to address them with her. I have never been much of a bible reader but I do treasure my hour with God each and every Sunday and I truly miss it when we don't go. So its a new day and new things to do. And look forward to.