Hope in Heaven is For Real

On Saturday night, I went with some friends to Arrington Vineyards — tasted some incredible wine — and met a girl named Lauren. She asked me what I did in Nashville and loving every opportunity to brag about my company {Thomas Nelson}, I started my usual speech, “I work for Thomas Nelson – a book publishing company – our biggest book recently was http://bit.ly/pRXEKM Lauren’s post about the miscarriage)

In Heaven is For Real a 4-year-old boy miraculously survives a surgery — or so his parents and doctors think. But after surgery, he casually commented about meeting God and  Jesus, his time in heaven, details about heaven matching the book of Revelation, what his parents were doing during his surgery, and encounters with his grandfather and sister.

The most heart-gripping, hope filled scene takes place in the family’s kitchen, in a conversation between Colton and his mom.

“Mommy, I have two sisters.” She corrected him (he only has one). He insisted.

“You had a baby die in your tummy, didn’t you?” Colton matter-of-factly asked his mom.

“Who told you I had a baby die in my tummy?” his mom replied furious. She had never told him about her miscarriage — described as the most painful event in her life.

Colton replied with no hesitation, “She did, Mommy. She said she died in your tummy.” Colton went on to describe MEETING HIS SISTER — a sister his parents had never mentioned, because of Colton’s age and the desire to forget about the miscarriage.

Colton’s mom cried with the news and Colton said to her simply, “It’s okay Mommy. She’s ok. God adopted her.”

For any of you who have ever lost a baby – I do believe what Colton shared it true: you will meet your child again, because God adopts those who don’t make it to this earth. You may not understand the “whys”, and probably never will. I don’t presume to know or understand how losing a child -even if it was your choice — has wrecked you.

But I do know the good news: Because of Jesus we are not without HOPE! Nothing you have done or experienced is too great for Him to heal. And my new friend Lauren has shown me this is true.

“Yeah, she said she just can’t wait for daddy and you to get to heaven.” Colton  Burpo

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12 Responses to “Hope in Heaven is For Real”
  1. so encouraging! Can you order me a copy of this book? I’ve been wanting to read it!

  2. Megan says:

    Wow, so hard but sweet. I just heard a really hard testimony from a woman who also had two miscarriages. I didn’t know that was a major theme in the book. Will have to check it out. Makes me excited to meet my other sisters too:)

    • ruthie00 says:

      You should tell your mom about my blog post — and hopefully it will make her want to read the book. Yes, I keep hearing really hard stories about women losing babies — and thought highlighting that section in the book might provide hope! i have some sisters/brothers in heaven too!

  3. Terri Hale says:

    Ruthie, this is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing these encouraging words for the many women who’ve experienced a miscarriage.

  4. Lauren says:

    Loved your post! I was going to email you but I can’t find an email! haha So now I just have to post publicly!! Ahh! What a joy it was to read your blog and hear those specific parts of the book again. Brings peace to my heart over and over again. You really need to write that book you were telling me about one day soon. I believe it would be a top 10 at Barnes and Noble. Glad I got to meet you Saturday.

  5. Michael says:

    As always Love, this is so encouraging and so well written. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I call being your biggest fan.

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