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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.
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    Reading to her - and her roommate - is not only good for them - it's good for you, too. Wonderful choice of books, too, to engage their attention and get them interacting.
    1909 days ago
    Continually praying for all of you Carol. (((HUGS)))
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  • COOP9002
    Wonderful time of ministry with those special folks. Thanks for continuing to share our message of hope.
    1909 days ago
  • FOXYBABE0714
    I love that book, it is one of my favorites. I am 28 years old and have often found myself saying the same thing to my husband, "I am not good enough to go to heaven". I think the reason why I feel this way is because when you hear about how wonderful heaven is, and you think back to all the things that you have regret doing or not doing in your life, you wonder how you could belong in such a wonderful place. I also think about the people I have known who have passed away, and when I think about the great things they did during their lifetime, I wonder if I died tomorrow, would I have done what God sent me to do? My husband always tells me not to be so hard on myself and that I have done great things too, we can't speak for God, and we must let him decide, but until our dying day, we must always be good and love one another (very wise he is!!).
    1909 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/28/2012 9:24:24 AM
    emoticon As you share with your MIL your own Faith will grow. I do think many in their generation believed that they had to be "Good Enough" to get to Heaven. Maybe comparing God's Love for her to Her Love for her Children would help? Did her kids have to be "Good Enough" for her to Love Them? I am thinking NOT!
    emoticon You, Your MIL, and her roommate will be in my Prayers.
    1909 days ago
    Thank you for all the wonderful work you are doing at the nursing home. My mother was in a nursing home about 15 years ago with Alzheimer's. Anyway when I went to visit I was amazed at all the people that volunteered or that worked there. They all seemed like angels to me. After my mom died my sister got a job as an activity director at a nursing home, she did a lot of amazing things with the residents. My sister quilts also, I was admiring your work on your spark page. I am not much of a religious person but I would suggest that your pastor speaks to these ladies personally and pray with them to be forgiven of their sins. Keep up the good work and have a happy day.

    1909 days ago
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