— We heard about Pastor Don Piper's experience in his book "90 Minutes in Heaven" and the movie which portrayed it. We love a good story but continue on with our busy lives.
No one likes to think about death and we certainly don't plan for it. We want to hold on to what we are familiar with. People who can afford it purchase their plots in advance and I suspect those further along in years begin to think about it as people they once knew start passing on.
In "Getting to Heaven", preparing for Heaven is illustrated as departing instructions. If we start living in anticipation of seeing Jesus, our actions can make a difference to those around us.
I remember one day several years ago kind of having a cool thought. My husband and I lived in Austin, Texas. He was away and I was on the patio of our apartment. I saw the most beautiful, blue sky with brilliant white, puffy clouds. It reminded me of the song, "Days of Elijah". I was excited and thought, "Lord, is today the day you're returning? I'm ready. Let's go".
I imagined him riding on the clouds and jumping up to join him. It was nice to know I was assured and excited, not afraid. I hope that is how it will be when my time comes.
This book is set up as a study guide. It reads slower than a story but goes deeper. There are 29 chapters. You might read it over the course of a month in a group. It makes reference to four chapters in the book of John.
I bought my copy at a local dollar store. It was next to a horrible fictional book about murder. I won't even go into the details but I read the jacket description. The stores don't control what stock comes in but it sure made an impression. One book about living a life with purpose and one about destruction. I choose life with purpose.
Currently, I attend a church with all elderly people. Although it would be nice to see children there, I don't take for granted the life experiences of the congregation and will try to ask them about their lives. Maybe we can learn from each other. I hope I will still be there at that age and be a blessing to others. Most of all, I want to point others toward Heaven.