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Topic: Space (01/23/06)
TITLE: Hello From Heaven
By Angela Winters-Turner
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“Where is Heaven?” Davie Conroy asked his older brother, Samuel, as they lay on their backs on the front lawn. “Do you think we can see it from here?”
“See that star?” Samuel said pointing at the brightest star he could find in the expanse of the evening sky. “I think that’s where Heaven is.”
They lay quietly for the next few moments and Samuel began to wonder if Davie had heard him. Then, in a small voice, Davie made a statement Samuel would never forget.
“I’m going there soon.” He said confidently.
Tears welled up in Samuels’ eyes as he searched for the right words to comfort his younger brother. At six years old Davie had battled terminal cancer for two long years. Everyone knew it was just a matter of time before the battle would end and Davie would be gone.
“It’s ok Samuel,” Davie whispered.” “I’m not scared.” “I just wanted to find out where heaven is so I can wave when you’re outside looking up into space.”
Samuel turned to look at Davie trying to commit every second of this moment to memory. Davie had long ago lost his hair and had become so fragile one was left to wonder if merely touching him would break him into. But there was strength and wisdom in Davies eyes that even the cancer could not destroy. He rested in the knowledge that when he closed his eyes for the last time on earth, he would wake up in heaven.
“I will wave to you, Davie,” Samuel promised emphatically. “Every night I will look up at that star and wave to you and know that you’re waving back.”
“Know what Samuel,” Davie asked. “I’ll tell Jesus our plan and He can wave too.”
Samuel had to smile as he imagined his little brother whispering secretly into Jesus’ ear. No longer would Davie be a sick, fragile boy. He would be healthy again just like he once was and he would never have to endure another moment of pain.
Everyone in town showed up for Davie Conroy’s funeral. It had seemed like the longest day of Samuel’s life. It was evening by the time everyone said their final goodbyes. Samuel rushed outside and scanned the night sky, his eyes coming to rest on the one he and Davie had talked about only a few short days ago. Tears streamed down his cheeks as he slowly lifted his hand and waved. “I miss you already Davie,” he whispered. “Tell Jesus I said hello.”
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