Truths about my Faith

I was down.  Feeling disconnected from truths about my faith.  Forgetting.

Then I met with my favorite 5 year old.  She is cheeky and witty and loves asking questions.  I adore her.

We were looking at pictures on my phone and stumbled upon Anthony’s pictures from his stay at Kimbilio hospice.  11 year old Anthony passed away in July from Rheumatic Heart Disease.  

Colleen, Anthony amenda wapi?  (Where did Anthony go?) she asked me.

Mbiguni (Heaven).

False!  She said firmly.  Anthony didn’t go to heaven.

What?!  Yes, he did.

How did he get there?  He can’t reach heaven alone . . .

Jesus came to get him.

False!  She proclaimed again.  Jesus can’t come down from heaven.

He can and He did.  Anthony is in heaven!

We went back and forth for a while on the same questions . . .

I’m not a biblical expert.  I don’t pretend to know everything about heaven or how it works or even Jesus and how He works.  But I believe Anthony is in heaven.  I believe the things of this world are only temporary and that our true hope lies in what is to come.

This witty and curious five year old has been through more suffering in her young life than most go through in a life time.  Our conversation was exactly what I needed to reconnect with the truths about my faith.

I often wonder “who is helping who?”

With love and gratitude,

Colleen

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  1. Thank you, Colleen. Your post reaffirmed the truth of scripture and the devotional I read this morning: It is the way of grace

    “He comes to us in our fear. He draws near to us when we are separated. He meets us in our doubt. He pursues us when we wander. When we sin, he comes to us with conviction and forgiveness. He empowers us when we’re weak. He restores us at the moment of our salvation, and he comes to us again and again as we journey from the “already” to the “not yet. He sits down with us, assuring us again of his love, drawing out from us love for him, and sending us on our way to do the work he has chosen us to do. He does not wait for us to come to Him; He comes to us. It is the way of grace.”

    John 21:15-19
    -Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies

    “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Eph. 2:8

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