In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

June 5, 2011

For Real? Yep...

So my mom loaned me a book to read. I'd already knew the jist of the story, but this book was more than a "book." I'm not much on reading {I get too bored usually... I just want to get to the meat and potatoes, you know.} Anyway, I literally read this book in about 45 minutes. It was heartfelt, interesting, and REAL.

Heaven is for Real is written by Todd Burpo, father of the boy who when to heaven and came back with amazing stories of what he saw. Colton was 3 years old when he appendix burst; he nearly died. His parents were in different parts of the hospital when Colton went to heaven, yet Colton could tell his mother and father exactly what they were doing while he was in heaven.

Todd is a preacher and Sonja is a teacher. They are bewildered with the openness their toddler displayed while sharing what he saw on his trip. So matter of factly and innocently, Colton explains meeting relatives, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and John the Baptist.

There are a few lines in this book that shook me to the core. If you do indeed read this book, I think you'll find you will have a new understanding.

"When I was angry at Gold because I couldn't go to my son, hold him, and comfort him, God's son was holding my son in his lap."

"This was also the first time Colton had mentioned other people in heaven. I mean, other than Bible figures like John the Baptist, but I have to admit that I sort of thought of him as...well, a 'character' more than a regular person like you and me."

Colton, what do you want people to know from your story? Without hesitation, he looked her {Sonja} in the eye and said, 'I want them to know that heaven is for real.'

Goosebumps!!! It assures what I already knew. It makes me think differently about heaven, life, choices, and the Holy Trinity. I hope to have "childlike humility"  or "intellectual honesty."

Jesus loves me this I know!

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