Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist, with degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies.
The after life
The Bible promises believers in Christ the blessed hope of seeing our deceased loved ones again. As I write this the date is July 4 and would have been my husband's 64th birthday had he lived. I have been thinking more about heaven since my spouse passed away and have more questions than answers. One thing I do know and which others disagree is that there will be no birthdays in the afterlife. I wrote an article about it and you can read it by clicking on the following link, The bottom line is that birthdates begin when you are born into the earth and end when they call a time of death. Heaven is eternal and people no longer age. As birthdays are a manmade creation they are not taking place in the afterlife and spiritual beings are not getting older.
Years ago a thought came to me regarding heaven and yesterday an Internet search indicated that others felt the same way. Just because people agree on a subject does not validate it but in this case, we might be on to something. Everything that Jesus said had a precise meaning. When asked how many times we should forgive people He responded 70x7. Some theologians do not believe he was saying to forgive people 490 times but to forgive them until the end of your days. This line of thinking comes from scriptures where 7 and 70 are used in reference to the end of time and Christ's second return. Back to my point, I had pondered the fact that Christ was crucified at age 33 or to be more precise 33 1/2 years. I wondered if this could indicate that when older believers pass away and go to heaven that we will look around 33 years old in our glorified bodies? The Quran indicates that those who enter paradise will be age 33 and 60 cubits tall as was Adam so perhaps there is something to this line of thinking.
My daughter and I observed something interesting prior to her dad,(my husband) passing away. Two weeks prior to his death my spouse was cared for at home and I kept worship music playing for him because he loved it. We began to notice that his skin became softer, his razor bumps disappeared and he seemed to appear younger. The song that I played most often was Something Happens by Kurt Carr, Each time that song was playing the presence of the Lord filled the room and brought me great peace. On Friday, March 5 the nurse could not get a blood pressure reading and my husband's breathing became labored. She told us he was transitioning. On Saturday his sideburns and the gray hair on his head began to glisten. At around 2:30 the living room became really bright and I felt so peaceful and I perceived that the angels had come to take my husband home, My daughter came in the room and said that her dad looked to be at peace and I agreed. On Sunday his breathing and blood pressure returned to normal and he lifted his head. When he turned to his right as he did when my daughter or granddaughter spoke to him, I thought perhaps he was improving but noted that no one was on that side of the room at that moment. Shortly after this, he was gone without a sound. I wonder if his seeming to age in reverse and everything else was because he was between two realms?
Heaven on earth?
I was told on a Friday evening to prepare myself because his blood pressure was not registering. and that he was transitioning. His breathing became somewhat labored and I was concerned he would leave in the same manner as my mother. On Saturday there was a glow about him and the gray hair on his sideburns and the little hair on his head glistened. Our daughter even commented that he looked so peaceful. On Sunday he began breathing normally and I thought perhaps the nurse was wrong and that he was recovering. He raised his head around 1:00 PM as if looking around which is something he had not done except when our daughter called to him. An hour later without a sound, he was gone. I had kept worship music going around him so the presence of the Lord would be strong as we believed for the healing that did not come in this life. I wonder now, if my spouse looking younger was because he was closer to heaven as he transitioned where his glorified body would indeed be less than his 64 years? Perhaps we were getting a glimpse of heaven on earth as he was between both realms. People remarked that he did not look like what he had gone through in his casket but neither did he look as he did at the house because there was no life, earthly or eternal in that body in the coffin.
The Adam connection
I Corinthians 15: 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
Some Biblical scholars suggest that as Adam was created fully grown, he may have been between 25-35 years of age. Others say he may even have been 33 just a Christ was when he finished His mission on earth. Perhaps the second Adam died at the same age the first Adam was created and this is what age we will be in eternity. No one knows for certain but whatever the case may be heaven is worth looking forward to.
If you are not certain of eternal life today just ask Jesus to forgive your sins and fill you with His Holy Spirit. Once you have accepted His free gift of eternal life you can look forward to a glorified body when this life is over.
© 2021 Cheryl E Preston
Joanne Hayle from Wiltshire, U.K. on July 05, 2021:
What a beautiful and emotive write. Thank you for sharing something so personal. I don't think we have birthdays in heaven either. Time is such a human thing!
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on July 05, 2021:
Margaret, I addressed that in a photo I shared of Michael on his birthday yesterday and no one got it. They all responded Happy birthday in heaven and I wanted to scream.
Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on July 05, 2021:
Good Bible-based message, Cheryl. I also wrote an article that there are no birthdays in heaven. Some readers disagreed, but like you, I stand firm that there are no birthdays in heaven because time will not exist as we know it to be here on earth.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on July 04, 2021:
Thank yo u Peggy. I wish I knew who Michael was seeing but he could not communicate. Thanks for reading.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2021:
Hospice nurses have told me that when a person is in the process of dying, they can already see people between this life and the next. I have experienced that with some of my family members. They were seeing people who had already passed. That is reassuring to know that we will be reunited with our loved ones again. Reading books like Life After Life, Embraced By The Light, and others makes me happy. Take care, Cheryl.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 04, 2021:
The description of your husband's last days is very interesting, Cheryl. As an RN I saw too much death.
Quite often I saw people rally toward the end, the family would hope things would be better. Then, the patient would died. I don't understand the physical reasons why a patient would rally and suddenly die, but it sure happened. Maybe the reason is spiritual. That did not happen when my mother passed away.
The physical changes your husband had are very interesting. I did not notice that, but I didn't work with Hospice. It does sound like your husband looked younger.
I found your article fascinating. I love that we will see our family in Heaven. Thank you for sharing your experience.