Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV
Every morning my mother, Claire Ray, faithfully drew close to the Lord. She often sat in her favorite wingback chair before breakfast to prepare her heart for prayer. Her routine began with one of her devotional books, then finished with a chapter or two from her Bible. Claire went through several Bibles in her ninety-four years. She always penned the date on the cover page after she finished reading through her Bible. Her total was forty-eight times.
Mother loved and trusted Jesus more than anything. On her hospital bed last November, before she took her last couple of breaths, my sister overheard her whisper, “Jesus, what is taking you so long? I’m so ready for you to come and get me.” Mother’s words told me she anticipated going to a place where everything that is best remains. What a tremendous relief to know she looked forward to embracing the loving arms of her Lord and Savior. His divine love surrounded her as she prepared for her heavenly departure.
Later, a friend sent me a condolence card. In the card was an outline for a “Letter to Heaven.” I used it to write a letter to my mother and another to my deceased husband. As I filled in the blanks, I caught sight of heavenly hope.
Since Valentine’s Day is in February, I share this outline for those who may wish to send a love letter to Heaven to a special someone who resides in a place where everything lasts forever.
MY LOVE LETTER TO HEAVEN
(Put a name here) ___________________
You were so special to me/us because:
I miss your:
Remember when we:
I wish I had told you:
I celebrate the memory of you in your absence by:
Heaven is a place where love fills every heart. Scriptures tell us to fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. As I think of the wonders of Heaven, a love letter from God the Father and Creator of the universe, today would read something like this:
On Earth, my dear child, as it is in Heaven, you can love because I first loved you.
–Your Heavenly Father, God
As I sit and ponder on my friends and family’s memories that are no longer with me, I find strength in scripture. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends.
Join in the conversation:
God has given us a spirit of love. How do you see His love for you?