A clearer understanding of eternal life gained

Just after my high school graduation, my mom passed away, and I felt lost. My rock was no longer there for me. And as expected, the dynamics of our family changed. The question I kept asking was, Why would God allow this? Our family’s pastor answered that it was God’s will. But this answer seemed completely disconnected from what I had learned in Sunday School, that “God is love” (I John 4:8), and I couldn’t believe my mom’s passing was His will. I left for college without an answer to my question and feeling sad, angry, and alone. 

Eight years later I was living and working in a remote part of the United States. Early one evening I was walking by myself in our housing complex’s garden. From behind me, I heard my mom’s voice speaking clearly to me, saying, “Jay, I am OK.” Although I knew she was no longer physically present, I had to look. Of course, when I turned around, there was no one there, but her voice had certainly seemed to be.

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