Sunday, August 17, 2014

Heaven and Healing

“They don’t believe me, do they?  
Colton in “Heaven is for Real”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. 
He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.   John 11:25 (NKJV)

Popular reports of “near death experiences” describe a kind of bliss that reports a profound healing that is named heaven.  How can we understand this depth of of this healing?  

Sometimes words and images fail us and we find an answer in music.  For me, those answers are in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem and in Jonathan Elias’s Prayer Cycle.  When listening to these works, I feel a kind of peace that is mysterious and deep.  There is a reality that is not found in images and words.  It is an awesome experience.

But is that enough, when we are faced with death where the pain is so deep and the circumstances so tragic?  This is where reality challenges our faith.  What sustains me is a community of faith that will sing and recite what we believe together.  It is for me where life is sustained and healing and heaven are found.



Heaven is for Real: The Motion Picture
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Requiem
Jonathan Elias: Prayer Cycle
Hage, M. L. (2011). The Mystery of Healing. Retrieved from
Hage, M. L. (2012). The Awe of Healing. Retrieved from

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