Wednesday, March 16, 2011

32 Weeks - Heaven is for REAL

A few months ago my Mom came across this text to purchase for her Kindle. She was intrigued both by the content of the book and by the setting. This true story takes place in western Nebraska, (Imperial/North Platte etc.) Places that, growing up in Nebraska, are more than familiar to us.
They are home.

She told me about the book right away
and I immediately put it on reserve at the Omaha Public Library.
I guess it's a pretty popular book
because I am still waiting in line.

Yesterday I received somewhat of a random email
from a gal that I lived with for one summer while I was in college.
Kind of a friend of a friend kinda thing...
We did not become close friends that summer. Not in the least.
It was a strange summer in more ways than one,
but that is a story for another day.

Anyway, she had emailed me shortly after Amelia's diagnosis
to say that God had put it on her heart to offer up her husbands photography services to us.
By this time God had already lined up a photographer for Amelia's birthday.
Now I think He might have had something else in mind
when he opened her heart to reach out to me...

She emailed me again yesterday.
She didn't know it was the one year anniversary of D-Day
but she had come across a link to a story about a little boy who had been to heaven, she saw my name in her address book and decided to send it my way. She sent the link to 7 people including me.
I don't know any of the other six,
but I hope they were as blessed by it as I was.

You see, when Colton goes to heaven
he has the chance to meet many people.
One of those people is his sister.
She had died as a result of miscarriage at just 2 months gestation.
Colton knew nothing about her
until he found him self smothered in hugs from her in heaven.

I know Amelia is in heaven. I do.
I know the babies we lost are in heaven.
But sometimes it just feels good to hear it.
He knows the world weighs us down.
Sin and Satan tempt us with fear and doubt.
He knows.
He also knows just when we need a little wink
and he always answers our prayers.
Yesterday, this boy's story was the answer to mine.

When my husband walked in the door last night
he had in his hands, this book.
We don't really exchange gifts.
(Not even at Christmas.)
So it is no exaggeration to say this gift was special.

Yesterday was a tough, tough day.
I miss my babies more and more each day
and long to be with them and Him more than I can say.

Yup, Heaven IS for REAL folks,
and you are definitely gonna' like it.

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Jennifer said...

I read this book in a day because I just could not put it down. It was so good! You have been on my heart more so than usual for the last two or three days! Praying that God would give you peace that only He can. Love you my friend and missing sweet Miss Amelia with you today!

Unknown said...

I saw a video about this book and it had me intrigued and in tears. I so wanna read this!!

Lisette said...

I have to read this book now! You should also read 6 Big Big Angels. I believe my Sami is in heaven too. My 3yr old just confirms all the time with things he knows of at his young age. I love it, I cannot wait either to be reunited. Sending you many ((HUGS))

Rachel's Mama said...

thanks for the reminder....I can't wait to meet them there.

The Blue Sparrow said...

I read this a few weeks ago, and I baweled and baweled, it was such a sweet story and so reassuring that our babies are there, no matter how soon we lost them here on Earth! I lovvvedd this book! It's definatly a must read! :D

Kara said...

A dear family friend gave this book to my mom and inscribed it "To Janis (my mom) and Kara and all those who love Karinne." So touching!! I loved this book and the image it gives of heaven. I especially bawled through the chapter about Colton's baby sister. How AMAZING it will be to meet them in heaven!

pennynjon said...

Wow! That was an amazing "wink". That brought me to tears. I need to read that book.

Thinking of you and praying for you. I wish I could give you a big hug in real life.

Unknown said...

Thank you for bringing this book to my attention, it's definitely got my interest. I always felt like things happened for a reason and even more so after Lilly has died I've had things come to me at just the right time so I know what a comfort they can be. I'm so glad that you read her email when you did.