by Anne Hall-Bowden
Taking reservations on going to heaven.
Is there a bridge and instructions on getting there?
I have just lost my best team player with the recent, unanticipated passing of my beloved husband, Michael. It has made me take a microscopic lens to everything I say, think and do. When you lose a loved one, particularly someone whom you have lived, worked and prayed with daily, one deeply questions what you have to show for your sojourn on earth. Is there a passport or something to get through those pearly gates?
Elizabeth Claire Prophet had wise words to say about this. “When you get to heaven, you will not be a Jew, Muslim or Christian,” she said. “You will be a citizen of heaven, and nobody is going to care what you did on earth as long as you walked the path of love.”
A broken heart takes a long time to heal. But through the tears of grief and heartache, it is time to take that test and turn it into a testimonial.
Michael embodied “the path of love.” An absolute gentleman, he had the most humble, gentle and generous heart. Everyone, be it a gruff old soul, a lonely child or a frightened animal, gravitated to him. It was wondrous to watch and behold. A true Saint Francis of Assisi come again. It was as if when they touched the hem of his garment, they could experience the power of his unconditional love and it changed them forever.
I am turning my messiness into a message of love, particularly in this time of separation and anxiety as the pandemic plays itself out throughout the world. Those things we dread going through and try to put behind us, God often puts in front of us. Moreover, He can use our trials to bless others.
In John 14.12 are these words: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
I know God is in the miracle business and he is doing some of his best miracles now. Let Him work some wonders in your life, as we could certainly use some wonders now.
Climb aboard the ladder of love to reach those heavenly realms, and have a good trip along the way.
Grüß Gott, (God greets you/God bless you).