My joy for today is answering questions about heaven.
Almost two years ago exactly, when Noah was four, I wrote a blog very similar to the one you are about to read. As it seems with so many things in life, patterns are followed, cycles continue. For the past couple of days, my four year old daughter has been asking a lot of questions about heaven, death, and God. It seems this just must be the age, at least for my kids, where issues of mortality and eternity come to the forefront of their little minds.
When Noah went through this stage, we had a big, gut wrenching, tear filled conversation about heaven and death. So far, I have not had such a dramatic and emotional experience with Molly, but that seems to fit with both of their personalities. When Noah experiences an emotion, he experiences it 1,000%, very quickly and intensely. Molly usually ruminates over something in her mind, and we only get glimpses of what is happening in her beautiful head. This has been no different.
In the past few days, I have heard so many precious questions from our sweet princess. Tonight, about an hour after we put her to bed, she was calling for us.
If we die in heaven, will we come back down here? Oh my. How precious. I explained that we can’t die in heaven and that we can’t even get hurt or sad. She seemed sad after I said this, which surprised me. Then, with tears in her eyes and a shaky voice…
I’ll miss my doggie and tigger. Now I have tears in my eyes! This girl has slept with her favorite “critters,” a stuffed dog and tigger, for every nap and bedtime since she was a year old. I was so happy to be able to tell her that she will certainly have doggie and tigger in heaven.
Earlier tonight, at dinner, she leaned over to me and said, “Will we have our same hair in heaven?” I was not entirely sure which way she hoped I answered this, so I paused for a moment and then she said, “Because I really like my hair, and Nana’s hair, and your hair.” Yes Molly, we will definitely have our hair in heaven.
I am sure that we have not heard the end of these questions. It is a very precious time in my sweet girl’s life. Laying with her in bed, after all her siblings are asleep, rubbing her back and talking about God, I could not treasure this time more. Can God hear us in heaven? Yes Molls. So He can hear us down here and up there? Yep. Isn’t that great? He must have really good listening ears. Yes ma’am, He does.
Enjoy your joys for today.