Glimpses of Heaven
By Trudy Harris

Recognizing God's Closeness

Recently I spoke with a very dear friend, one who never married or had children but instead has dedicated her entire life to the service of God. She is one of the most holy women I have ever known and spends hours each day in prayer and at Mass. She has been fiercely independent all her life and is a very accomplished person.

She is getting on in years and is now quite frail; at times she finds herself in circumstances over which she has no control. She leaves herself entirely open to the will of God for her life and her future. She remains open to his teachings today, as she always has, but now the lessons are different. My friend has had many glimpses of heaven throughout her life but told me of one recently which reflects how close our Lord is to her every moment of the day and night, just as he is with all of us.

It is dark when she arises and heads to the bathroom in the middle of the night. She finds her way there slowly, and when she returns she looks up, facing a mirror in the living room. There, in the center of the mirror, is a reflection: the image of the cross to which she has been devoted all her life.

There is no physical cross there, of course, but God allows her to recognize his closeness and protection by showing himself to her in this very tender and intimate way. He is preparing to take her home to himself one of these days and simply wants her to know that he is nearby waiting for her. How good God is all the time.

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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Thank You very much for the prayers. I like reading the stories from Guideposts. They are interesting.

Please DO pray that God can open a good growing business for me and bring good people to be on my team. And to have GOD as the Mentor and Financial Advisor. I really appreciate your prayers. Thank You kindly.

From Danville, PA

Bill Hubicki

I will Bill -- i promise.

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Thanks for this story. I'm also single (never married), childless (nearly past child-bearing age soon). While nowhere near as holy as your friend, I still received comfort for my single life in this story. God bless you.

Wow. How incredibly beautiful is that? I can't imagine how comforting AND yet exciting it would be to see a cross in the mirror that way. Lovely story and gives me hope that as I'm going through a hard time, I will see my own signs that He is there with me. :)