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Sunday April 10, 2016

Q: Do our loved ones look down on us from Heaven?

A:Traditionally, in our society, people have said that our loved ones can look down on us from Heaven. Even in Steve Wariner's country song "Holes in the Floor of Heaven," we find these lyrics: "Cause there's holes in the floor of Heaven / And her tears are pouring down / That’s how you know she's watching / Wishing she could be here now."

In my own searching, I have discovered the answer for myself which I believe is referenced in Revelation 21:1-5: "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."

This Scriptural passage and even the country song referenced above suggest that if our loved ones are able to see us, then they can also see the condition of the world and the heartache that fills our world, and that could in itself bring tears. But that is incongruent with the Scripture referenced above. It does bring comfort for us to think about our loved ones looking down on us from Heaven. However, maybe we would be better served and comforted in our minds and hearts to know that our loved ones are in Heaven, no matter whether or not they are looking down upon us. For in reality, would we want to go to a Heaven that, according to Scripture, promises that all of these things would be passed away only to find that they were not? Instead, we have the hope of seeing that place and knowing in our hearts that we will not have to deal with the pain and loss that we experienced on earth.

—Saundra Yates, Bereavement Coordinator/Chaplain (Mount Airy Office)

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