I had a glimpse of what I think heaven might be like today. I know, Beggs, OK isn’t exactly what I thought heaven would be like either, but today it was. As friends and family gathered for my mother’s funeral today I begin to recognize people. I didn’t know them in the sense of having met them before, but in that they look vaguely familiar sort of way. As I introduced myself to them I realized why they looked so familiar – we were related. I was seeing the Adkison side of my family in each and every face. This was family.
Then it dawned on me … this must be what heaven is going to be like. We will see people and they will look vaguely familiar. We won’t recognize them because we’ve seen them before but because we’re family, created in the image of God. We will see the Christ side of the family in them. What a glorious reunion that will be when we get to see each other as God created us and not through the broken lenses we’ve created for ourselves.
The funeral itself went well. It was clear that my mom’s greatest strength was Woo – Winning Others Over. Everyone loved my mother. It didn’t matter if she knew you for 10 years or 10 minutes, she had the ability to make you feel like she was your best friend. She almost always had a smile on and rarely had a mean word to say about anybody.
Mom, I will miss you, your smile, and your silly antics. I know that God’s mercy is over all God’s works and perhaps one day I will recognize you again. I love you.