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Glimpses of Heaven
By Trudy Harris

Time to Say Goodbye

Yes, angels are real, and people often see them as they are dying. Yes, people close to death see loved ones who have died before them...

For three wonderful years I have been writing this blog, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Hearing from people all over the world, with their own very personal experiences of life and death, has been extraordinary for me.

Jesus Is with Us Always

So many stories of near-death experiences describe heaven, angels and music the exact same way...

And remember that I am always with you until the end of time. (Matthew 28:20)

I often wonder how deeply we consider these words and their meaning. Jesus promised that he would be with us always, from before our birth and for all eternity, without beginning or ending. There has never been a time that we were not known to him. Awesome.

The Mother God Called Me to Be

Through Jessie’s life and death, God showed us we could do anything he asked of us.

God takes our lives in many directions and we often do not know why. He placed a love in Melissa’s heart for foster children many years ago; over the years she fostered more than 200 children, adopting nine. She knew their needs well and loved them by God’s grace alone. This is her story:

"Jessie’s seventh birthday was a very special day for all of us. On that day the caseworker brought her to our home and made us a family; as Jessie said, 'I’m here, now we can all be happy.'

Do We Ever Stop Wondering About Heaven?

During his near-death experience, the man saw a white city so beautiful it took his breath away...

I think most of us probably never stop wondering about heaven. It is natural to ponder the unknown and to have some anxiety about what we have not yet experienced.

God’s assurances should bring us a great deal of comfort—and they do—but being human, we are always looking for more. In his great mercy, God allows people to have experiences of being near death and then coming back to tell us about it. Today more than ever people are willing to share their experiences and those of loved ones, and that is wonderfully helpful.

"I Have Been Praying Hard for So Long..."

As she struggled to believe what was happening, Jesus walked over and placed his hands on top of hers.

A physician suggested recently that I see an acupuncturist for foot pain that does not respond to medication. Acupuncturists and chiropractors were once looked at as quacks rather than healers, but that has changed quite a bit, as both are now accepted as a natural way of assisting the body in healing itself.

She Smiled at Her Family in Heaven

In the days before her death, her children heard her talking to her daughter, her son and her husband in heaven...

Marty had been diagnosed with lung cancer, which had now spread to her brain. She was gentle, generous and very beautiful. She had served her God and fellow man all her life. She was also a very private person.

Her close friends loved her dearly and respected her privacy and need to be alone and she loved them for that. They understood that tragedy had visited her heart too many times to bear and so she pulled inward more and more.

The White Bird That Brought Them Peace

Once again we are given evidence of the afterlife and hear of loved ones comforted by the unseen heart of our Creator...

A very spry 98-year-old woman was shopping in the mall one day with her daughter and granddaughter. After walking around for a while, she became tired and wanted to sit down.

Worried After Her Mother's Death

She felt as if God himself had spoken to her and given peace to her worried heart...

Several years ago, a lovely woman held a luncheon where I met her friends and signed copies of my book. It was a wonderful day. Many of the women wanted to share with me their stories about loved ones dying or glimpses of heaven after their deaths.

A Husband's Love Beyond Death

It was as if her husband had come from heaven on this sad day and left his own, very personal note...

I was visiting with friends in Atlanta recently and, as so often happens when people know you are involved with hospice and end-of-life care, they had a story to tell.

Whenever either of them left their home for errands or appointments, this devoted couple always wrote a Post-it note telling the other where they were going and about what time they would return. They always ended the note with a large heart, drawn with a long line through the middle. It was their way of being thoughtful and kind to  each other and showing their deep affection.

So Many Angels

Here was a man full of life, love and faith. God gave him the glimpse of heaven he knew would intrigue and delight him.

I had seen a lovely couple at church each morning for years. Joe had a beautiful smile and, although aging and carrying oxygen, had an unmistakable zest for life, love and family.

Somewhere along the way Joe began to decline, but he was determined not to die or leave his wife and family. We watched as he struggled each day to get around with his walker, all the while smiling at everyone he passed. He continued to exercise and use his treadmill faithfully. His wife said he simply loved life so much, he had no intention of letting go any time soon.

Trudy Harris, RN, is the author of the popular Glimpses of Heaven and More Glimpses of Heaven. Although now retired, she was a hospice nurse and president of Jacksonville's Hospice Foundation for Caring where she raised more than $45 million in capital contributions. You can find her on Facebook!

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