“Mommy, can I take my lovey (a.k.a. favored blanket) to heaven?”
Lately Lauren has had an abundance of questions about heaven. And it’s no wonder. We have had three funerals in the past two weeks. Two were elderly. One was the baby of my cousin and his wife, who was still born at 6 months gestation. So hard.
It’s difficult to explain to a three-year-old the tears, the sorrow, the pain. For us, the best was to say, “these loved ones went to Heaven to be with Jesus, but their families and friends are missing them. Sometimes we cry when we miss someone we love. The best part is that Jesus is holding them in His arms right now and they don’t have any more ouchies.”
With each of these who have passed away, Lauren has had many questions about Heaven.
“Will I fly to Heaven with wings?”
“If I take my stickers to Heaven how will I carry them?”
“Will I see angles in Heaven?” “Do they have wings?”
“When do we get to go to Heaven?”
“Is Heaven up in the clouds?”
With each question that arises, I try to answer her as simply as possible so that she can understand. I try to help her see the beauty in Heaven. But, honestly, I think she already intrinsically knew a bit of the beauty of God, her Creator. Her curiosity about all things Heaven, God and Jesus, speak for the human desire, even as little children, to know our Lord.
I pray that her desire to know more continues to grow and blossom. May she never lose her childlike faith. May she come to know the Lord as her Savior, so that she may fly, when it is her time, with wings to her Heavenly home
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Mark 10:15