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Topic: Happy (07/12/07)
TITLE: The Day I Died
By Marilee Alvey
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“The best day? It’s the day I died. It seems like only yesterday. Hey, wait! It was!”
“That’s true,” he said, a twinkle in his eye.
“Well, it didn’t start out so hot… I was in agony. My insides seemed like they were on fire and kinked. It was like I was being turned inside out. Then, all of the sudden, the pain switched off like a light switch! Suddenly, I was lighter than air. I rose above myself and I saw my brother, my husband, my children, all of them, and I wanted to tell them not to cry or worry, that I felt better than I ever had. No gravity limitations. I was free from the pull of sin, and, believe me, I could tell it, too. I was calm, peaceful, joyful! I was ecstatic! I bubbled! No burdens! I simply can’t find the words. Funny that all of this was just yesterday…”
“Yes, I know. It takes awhile to adjust to the time difference.”
“You have jet lag here?”
“Well, I suppose you could call it that,” he said, with a gentle smile.
“ So there I was, floating over my own bed! I was free from worries. I tried to worry. I really did. What about my medical bills? I laughed. What about my husband and children? I now not only knew the Plan…. I was living it. They were in the palm of God’s hand. Safe. I zoomed up and out, then, like a Heaven bound firefly, I darted and wove my way here!”
“Were you able to find your way?”
“Oh, yes. It was like coming home. I can’t explain it, but I felt as comfortable as a little child walking home from school, opening the screen door and walking in! How can that be?”
“The Holy Spirit in you serves as a homing beacon.”
“Oh, I see. Well, let me tell you, I was in Heaven two hours before I stopped running. I was free, as light as air. No aches. No pains. No worries. No sins. Wrapping my arms around my mom and dad…after all those years, I stood there, clinging to them for so long, smelling their scent, resting my head on their shoulders… We danced! Yes, we did! My dad was no longer old and arthritic…and my mom wasn’t blind!”
“What happened next?”
“I walked between my parents, down that golden street. People were lined up on either side, reaching out to welcome me. It was astounding! I saw many kindhearted, caring people from my past: I felt their total love and acceptance.”
“So you were appropriately welcomed?”
“Welcomed? They threw a party for me! They said they hadn’t been waiting long for me at all, that each of their days is so filled with contentment and purpose that they realized just yesterday that I was on my way! They then gathered excitedly to lead me in to the party hall. So many people said kind things about me! They recounted every thing I’d done to bless them.”
“So you blessed many people while you lived?”
“Oh, not near enough. I feel that now, but, on Earth things seem muddled.”
“Yes, I know. So, is there anything you lack here in Heaven, Mara? Is there anything we haven’t provided for you?’
“Well, there is one thing.”
“My whole life I thought that, when I got to Heaven, the first face I’d see would be that of Jesus….but no one has told me how to meet Him. He’s the reason I’m here. My heart has begun to feel heavy because I want to thank Him so badly. I just can’t go another day without seeing Him. Do I need to make an appointment?”
“That won’t be necessary.”
“Can you take me to Him, then?”
“Mara,” He said softly, “it’s Me.”
I fell to my knees, then onto my face. I was as limp as a piece of spaghetti. I had rattled on and on, like some freshman at band camp, but now couldn’t find my voice.
“Come, Mara. Rise up and see what I have prepared for you.” Jesus helped me to my feet, and we walked, arm in arm, observing the brilliant colors, phenomenal sights and harmonious tones of our Eternal Home.
I now have a new favorite day.
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