…a true-to-life story of a 3-year-old boy’s visit to Heaven while on the operating table for a ruptured appendix.
Before watching the DVD, Heaven Is For Real, this evening, neither my husband nor I had heard about the book or, for that matter, the incident upon which it was based.
According to Colton Burpo, while out-of-body he saw…the surgeon performing the operation…his dad praying in the hospital chapel…and his mom phoning a church member requesting that she call others to pray for her son whose death seemed imminent.
Colton went on to say he saw the church where his dad was the minister. Opening its door, the youngster entered and sat in a pew towards the front. Instead of an altar he saw the blue sky with clouds that were transformed into translucent angels. They began to sing as a choir. Walking down the aisle towards the boy was a man, clothed in a white robe. He spoke, asking Colton to join him.
The three-year-old explained that the man’s name was Jesus and that he had “markers” on his hands and his feet. Evidently, marks left from the nails which had hung him to the cross.
In Heaven, Colton saw a horse that belonged to Jesus. The youngster also met relatives born before his time…”Pop,” his dad’s grandpa…and an unborn sister who hugged the brother she never knew.
Describing Heaven as a “beautiful place,” Colton never faltered in his belief that he had been there.
A story of faith simply told. It moved me more than many a sermon I’ve listened to on a Sunday morning sitting in church.
Struggling to reconcile his son’s story with his own adult rationale, Colton’s dad was finally able to find resolution.
When reciting the prayer The Our Father, we recite, in part, …on earth as it is in heaven.
In speaking to his parishioners, Colton’s father explained that Heaven is apparent in our daily lives… in a parent’s love for his child…in a neighbor’s going to the aid of a neighbor…in the lifesaving skills of a doctor. The minister goes on to ask why it is we overlook these acts as evidence of Heaven’s existence. What he said gave me pause.
Why do we as a society dwell ad nauseam upon our transgressions against one another, while giving only a passing nod to the commission of good deeds?
I believe Colton Burpo. I may never share his experience, but that in no way invalidates his. I happen to feel he hit the Powerball Lottery to end all Powerball Lotteries. I feel blest just knowing that…
…someone saw heaven!
Click on the following to view Colton Burpo’s story.