I recently read an encouraging book called “Heaven is for Real”. This book follows the journey of a young boy called Colton who is rushed to hospital for an emergency operation. While in hospital he had an out of body experience including a trip to Heaven. Colton recalls looking down to see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. Colton’s father writes this book, sharing details about Colton’s experience. He learns about Colton’s adventure through conversations over many days and months.
Colton shares details about how big God is and how much he loves us. In particular, Colton shares details about how much God loves children. God emphasises this point to Colton so much that Colton wants to share this often with his family afterwards.
I found the book to be really reassuring. It is a blessing to work in a place that invests in the growth and development of children. It is a joy to watch our students develop their Christian faith and character over time at our school.
Matthew 18:2-4 encourages us to have a childlike faith:
"He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
This verse encourages us to be dependent upon God like a child is dependent upon their parents. I pray that God will help me to focus on him in a childlike way. I pray I can be dependent on him for every thing that matters.
This book also addresses and answers questions about what Heaven is like. Many students often ask about Heaven and what they may see in Heaven. I was impressed in the way that this book addressed some of these questions. Heaven is for real!
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