If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. (Psalms 139:8 NRSV)
At the Billy Graham crusade in Seattle Shirley Lansing told about the death of her son. Her story is very moving. She told the crowd, "I come with a story about my son, John Kendall Morgan, Warrant Officer One, United States Army, serving in Operation Desert Storm." Shirley told the crowd that her son, Jack, had committed his life to Jesus at an early age. "At that time," she said, "it didn't seem terribly important, but it was." "A few weeks ago," Shirley told the crowd, "two officers came to our door and told us they regretted to inform us that our son had been killed in action when his helicopter was shot down by hostile Iraqi fire." It was a tragedy. A young life had been lost.
"When Jack got on the airplane to leave for Saudi Arabia," his mother recalled, "he gave Lisa, his fiancee, a bride's book, so they could be planning the wedding." Perhaps the most moving moment of Shirley's witness came when she said, "I speak to you only from my heart, and out of my pain, because only God can give me the strength to stand here before you and say these words. But they're so important. Each of you has the decision to make that my son made. And this is the time when you have a choice, and we never know how long we'll have to make that decision."
Three weeks before John Morgan was killed in action, half a world from home, he wrote two letters to his family, "just in case." Shirley and her family gathered together and read the letters after they received the word that their son had been killed. John's words reassured his family. John ended his letter with these words, "in case you have to open this, please don't worry. I am all right...Now I know something you don't know--what heaven's like!"
Loving God, give me a touch of heaven today. In Jesus' name, Amen.