In the Gospel according to John, we read Jesus’ promise:
"I am the resurrection and I am life. If a man has faith in me, even though he die, he shall come to life; and no one who is alive and has faith will ever die.”
I remembered that promise recently when Nancy and I attended a memorial service for our friend, Virginia Marks. Everything we know about Gini suggests she lived a virtuous life and she believed in Jesus. Her children loved and admired her. She was a good wife to her husband, Charlie, and she was a faithful and active member of the Penn Yan United Methodist Church.
In his first letter to the Church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul writes:
“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
I remembered that Bible verse when Nancy and I watched Heaven Is for Real, a movie based on Pastor Todd Burpo’s book about his four-year-old son, Colton, who had emergency surgery in 2003. In the months that followed the operation, Colton began describing his experiences in heaven where he met people about whom he could not possibly have known.
Those of us who believe in the promises of Jesus; those of us who listen to and enjoy the thrushes’ song; those of us who love and appreciate the beauty of God’s natural world; those of us who take time to smell the roses are enjoying a momentary glimpse of greater things to come in a place Jesus called paradise.