As the men (Moses and Elijah) were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) (Luke 9:33)
Billy Graham’s grandmother had been chronically ill. One day her bedroom filled with light and she said she saw Jesus with His arms stretched toward her, her husband, Ben, who had already passed, and angels. Then, she slumped over and died. God also showed Colton Burpo heaven while he was having emergency surgery. Many have stories of going to heaven and returning to earth. Everyone with that story says they didn’t want to come back.
I’m sure there aren’t words to describe the glory of God that Peter, James, and John witnessed. Peter offered to put up three shelters because he didn’t want the spiritual intimacy to end. As Peter, James, and John are the three Jesus is closest to on earth, Moses and Elijah are probably within His inner circle in heaven. They came to encourage Jesus on His journey to the cross. Peter didn’t know what he was saying when he offered Jesus, Moses, and Elijah lodging on earth. The Bible says we will have mansions in heaven and no tears will be shed. Probably Moses and Elijah can’t return to earth, but even if they could, I’m sure they wouldn’t want to.
Dearest Heavenly Father, thank you for the glimpse into the spiritual world that is free of darkness and for the hope of eternal life in heaven. Help me to reflect Your light on earth. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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Heaven is our hope on Earth. I am not ready to leave my life here. I feel I have a lot more time to enjoy my family. I hope that God has purpose for me and I feel he will show me what he wants me to do. Right now I would be scared to leave. I know when it is time for me to go, I won’t feel that way. I felt like it was peaceful for both Mom and Dad. I still feel bad that they died alone but things happen for a reason, so I guess it was supposed to be that way.
Why are you scared to die now? It seems my friend, Julee, died before her time. I know she wanted to see her children married and meet her grandchildren, but she wasn’t scared to die, and I know she’s happier in heaven. We were with mom the last time she was awake and when she suffered. We never abandoned her. No one was expecting dad to die so soon, but I know every time he woke up, he didn’t want to see us. He wanted to see Jesus. I know Mom and Dad wouldn’t want you to worry about such things. Jesus and the angels were with both of them when they died. If God wants you to do other things besides care for your family, He will let you know. Praying for you, Sis. Blessings.
Of course, you never know what you will feel like until you are actually in the situation, but if someone told me I was sick and was dying, I think that I might be afraid. I know we have both had friends that died way too early. Really, that is such a tragedy. I want to be here for a long time to enjoy my family. I guess maybe it wouldn’t be so much of a fear, but just feeling like I had been cheated out of something that is so important to me.
I get that. I want to be an influence on my grandchildren’s lives (i’m praying I’ll have a bunch.) I also don’t want my children to be tied down with me if I’m sick for a long period of time, so I pray I’m not an invalid or get Alzheimer’s.