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A Glimpse of Heaven
by Danette Kettwich
05/08/11
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Encounters that we have with some individuals have the potential to impact our lives. I often wonder with the knowledge that I have now, if I had my life to live over again, would I change decisions and choices I have made. After a conversation with an older lady as she shared her life story, my opinion has changed. Each trial and heartache of our lives brings wisdom, strength, and compassion. It defines who we are. Life shapes us and inspires us to love greater, to feel deeper and to give more of ourselves to inspire and help others.


“Gladys” is a 78 year old working at Wal-Mart at the switchboard and the dressing room. Just a 10 minute encounter with her changed my life. When asked if she would change her life with the wisdom she now has, what would she change? She said, “Not a thing.” She explained that the strength she has gained and the trials she has been through have defined who she is. She further explained, one of her 5 children was in eighth grade he was run down by a drunk driver. The drunk driver even got out of the car and kicked him while lying in the street dying. Later when the driver faced Gladys, he exclaimed, “I got rid of one of your GD kids for you.” This was 2 days before Mother’s day. I can’t imagine what heart ache she went through while dealing with such a hateful crime against her child. “Justice was served,” as the Drunk driver was knifed while in prison, she explained. Even though many years have passed the hurt was still evident but, she has become who she is because of her pain and because of her healing. We shook hands and I thanked her for sharing her story with me, and wished her a Happy Mother’s day. One encounter with a stranger and a little glimpse of what she would define as a “Glimpse of Heaven”…

God has given me….
A little glimpse of heaven
Here upon this earth
In a sun filled morning
In a newborn baby’s birth.

In the droopy dandelions
In a wet slobbery kiss
Just the simple things
I’m glad I didn’t miss.

In the good times and
In the not so good
Times a heart healed when
I didn’t think it could.

The many I love yous
Whispered from tired lips
Even the apple pies
Adding pounds to my hips!

Having a hand to hold
Even after they have gone
A little glimpse of heaven
To keep me hanging on.


The day God rescued me
When I called His name
Forgiveness and freedom
From my sin and my shame.

To live this life over again
I wouldn’t change a thing
For the wisdom I have gained
Is the blessing that it brings.

The glimpse that God gives
The hope in each new day
A little glimpse of heaven
To share along the way.



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Julia May 09 May 2011
Awesome Danette! I love this....




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