Bible teacher Grace Kemp wrote the following
"Letter from Heaven" to give a boost to a grief-stricken father who
had lost his "born-again" Christian daughter, following a lengthy
battle with cancer. What is it like to take your last breath on earth and to be
immediately in Heaven?
By Grace Kemp
When I slipped out of your arms just over a week ago, dad, I
saw two majestic angels beckoning me to come.
We began moving down a green, grassy path toward the most
magnificent and radiant light I had ever seen. I turned and said, "Oh,
dad, look! Come with me!" But you couldn't hear me. You were leaning over
my hospital bed, close to my face, but my spirit had just left my body. I was
dead, but I was never more alive! I was pain-free and euphoric! I wish you
could have joined me, but then it was not your God-given time to pass over.
The angels sheltered me as we glided through the valley of the
shadow of death. We laughed and sang. We were floating. I was awestruck!
When we reached the Light, I was stunned to discover it was not
a "light" at all; it was a person! It was Jesus, our Lord. Christ is
figuratively and literally a non-blinding, warm Light who glows brighter than
the sun. I remember in Sunday School hearing Jesus being called the Light of
the world. It is so true! He is also the Light of the universe.
The waves of love, joy, and peace that washed over me may be
what Paul of the Bible referred to when he spoke of "unspeakable...
visions and revelations of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 12:1-4). He was right.
There are simply no words! I was in total awe!
As Christ lead me through Paradise Park toward the Celestial
City, we were surrounded by angels and Christians from earth dancing, laughing,
and singing. I was amazed to realize they were all celebrating my arrival! I
have never felt so loved! I must repeat, I have never been more alive!
Dad, you would love all the birds, squirrels, rabbits, and other
furry creatures which scurry through the gardens and sing from the treetops.
And guess what? I mentally communicate with them. Wow! I can
even communicate with the flowers that grow in profusion. When I swim in the
River of Life, I can breath underwater. There are even gorgeous flowers growing
on the bottom. Even the pebbles have the most incredible patterns and colors.
Everything here has its own unique glory!
There are bubbling brooks and sparkling waterfalls that sing in
amazing harmony. There is a unity here that is indescribable. In some
incredible way, the love of God saturates and synchronizes us into oneness.
There are colors and sounds unknown on earth. My angel escorts
answer my questions and show me wonders. It will take an eternity to grasp it
If there is one bothersome question I have it is why Satan
chose to rebel against God. He had the best of the best here, but coveted more.
Remember, the Bible says that Satan is the source of sin that brings suffering
like my cancer that hurt so much.
Equally incredible is why Jesus would go to earth to be mocked,
whipped, and crucified so that humans like you and me, dad, could choose to
accept or reject Him as Lord and Savior and then spend eternity in this
glorious heaven. He created us, then died and arose from the dead for us! His
love is awesome! I am so glad I reached out in faith and received it!
Thanks for everything, dad. I can't wait to show you around.
In the meantime, read Psalms 16:11, Psalms 116:15, John 14:1-3,
and 1 Corinthians 2:9, and rejoice with me! My real life is just beginning!
Love always, Debra