Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Can I go to Heaven someday?

The following is a conversation that took place on Saturday, June 18, at 12:13 p.m. while dad, mom, Samuel and Lauren were riding in the car to papa and gma's house. Samuel - 2 1/2 years of age.

Samuel: Can I go to Heaven someday?
Dad: Yes Samuel you can go to Heaven someday.
Mom: Who lives in Heaven Samuel?
Samuel: God
Samuel: I'm going to ask God.
(Five seconds of quiet)
Samuel: God said, "Not yet."

Mark 10:13-16
"People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them."

Oh Lord you have granted Samuel wisdom beyond his years. Please grant us the wisdom to train him in the way he should go. He is so observant. He questions everything. He wants to know all about you and where you live and about all the people who loved you and followed hard after you. God, my greatest desire is that one day Samuel will indeed go to Heaven with you. But thank you God for telling him 'not yet.' Please Lord, we know that he is yours and that every single day of his life is already numbered, but I pray that you will continue to say, "not yet" for many more years. I haven't loved him long enough. Thank you for his child-like faith. May he always converse as freely with you as he does today. Open my ears to hear you the way Samuel does. And thank you God for giving us a glimpse of what it means to have child-like faith.


The Olsen Family said...

This brought tears to my eyes! Samuel sounds like the most perfect gift! :)

Jess said...

This made tears almost flow! What a sweet child.