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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I love the feedback from my blog. I usually get 5-15 comments here for public eyes to view, but I receive many more in my personal e-mail. It’s always great to hear how God is using my experience to encourage you. Amazingly, this blog is now being read in 65 countries of the world with an average of 70 hits a day. It has been really fun to watch it grow!

On my last blog about heaven (Turn On the Light) there were a couple of responses that I wanted to share with you.

The first was a discussion about why we’re so reluctant to talk about heaven. The conclusion was that the subject of heaven is usually linked to the subject of death—and that’s probably why we avoid it. Makes sense. The thing we dread the most (death) is linked to the thing that will be our best experience ever (heaven) so it creates a dilemma. Do we want to think about that good thing or not? Most of us have opted not. (smile)

The other feedback (from my friend Arnelle) was a really cute story which illustrates this worst/best scenario. It will make you smile!


The couple were 85 years old and had been married for sixty years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they watched their pennies. Though not young, they were both in very good health, largely due to the wife’s insistence on healthy foods and exercise for the last decade.

One day they were on a rare vacation and their plane crashed, sending them off to Heaven. They reached the pearly gates and St. Peter escorted them inside. He took them to a beautiful mansion furnished in gold and fine silks, with a fully stocked kitchen and a waterfall in the master bath. A maid could be seen hanging their favorite clothes in the closet. They gasped in astonishment when she said, “Welcome to Heaven. This will be your home now.”

Later the old man asked St. Peter how much all this was going to cost. ”Why nothing,” Peter replied, “remember this is your reward in Heaven.” The old man looked out the window and right there he saw a championship golf course, finer and more beautiful than any he had ever seen on Earth.

“What are the greens fees?” grumbled the old man. “This is heaven,” St. Peter replied. “You can play for free--every day.” Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch, with every imaginable cuisine laid out before them, from seafood to steaks to exotic deserts, with unlimited beverages. “Don’t even ask,” said St. Peter to the man. “This is Heaven. It is all free for you to enjoy.” The old man looked around and glanced nervously at his wife. “Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol foods and the decaffeinated tea?” he asked.

“That’s the best part,” St. Peter replied. ”You can eat and drink as much as you like of whatever you like and you will never get fat or sick. This is Heaven!” The old man pushed, “No gym to work out at?” “Not unless you want to,” was the answer. “No testing my sugar or blood pressure.” “Never again. All you do here is enjoy yourself.”

The old man glared at his wife and said, ”You and your doggone bran muffins! We could have been here ten years ago!”


Blogger Teddybear said...

I liked that. So true when we get to Heaven there will be no more tears, death or sorrow. No more pain, sicknesses, we will be changed in the twinkle of an eye.

Maralyn it will be a glorious day and I will be glad when my Lord calls me home. In the mean time I still have work to do for Him. Love you and your posts. Blessings, Deb.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Dr. James O. Lowell said...

Too cute! It made me smile!
Heaven is unimaginable! What a glorious joy that we have awaiting us who are in the family of God.
Love you and praying for you. Jeanne

10:31 AM  
Blogger Susan I. said...

Too funny!! The family will like this story!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

Prayed for you today.

4:07 PM  

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