Gathering Together

         What Might Be: Arrival

“Hello, Jamie. It’s time for your transfer to the real world. It’s time to go home. I’m your escort. Here, let me carry you.

“I know you have a lot of questions, so let me explain a few things. I have been assigned to you for all of your sixty-nine-year stay on Earth. Other angels have helped at critical moments, and some were assigned to your family—your wife Mary, and your sons Steve and Kendal—but I have been with you all along. Just as it says in Hebrews 1:14, ‘Angels are only servants. They are spirits sent from God to care for those who will receive salvation.’ I am simply one of his servants.

“Now that your time has come, I will escort you to the safety and beauty of intermediate heaven, where you will enjoy paradise in fellowship with the Savior, the saints, and your relatives and friends who have preceded you in death. We call this intermediate heaven, because your final home is still under construction. It is being built from the good deeds you did for the kingdom that are the building blocks of your permanent home, and more raw materials are being sent up every day by those you influenced for the kingdom. In other words, your good deeds that caused others to do good deeds are added to your account. In the end, you will have quite a home here, because the Audience of One is well aware of all your unselfish acts of kindness to others. You have put his kingdom first for most of your earthly life. For this reason, the final judgment where all your rewards will be presented must wait. This also allows your descendants to enjoy your reward ceremony.

“You are about to take your first breath of heaven’s air. You will likely cough and gag as you did when you took your first earthly breath, but not for the same reason. The atmosphere of the shadow land (earth) is rank with the smell of sulfur, caused by sin, and the shame of mankind’s fall. It is so full of ugliness caused by the curse of sin that we are amazed you can breathe at all. When you cough and gag on your first heavenly breath, it is to remove the last of the stench caused by the environment of fallen earth. After that, you will scarcely be able to believe how pure and wonderful the air of heaven smells. Fill your lungs with it. Enjoy it to the fullest. You never have to breathe the stench again.

“I’m taking you to the real world. The world you were made for. And you will be with the One who made it all just for you. He loves you more than you can possibly know. All angels have trouble understanding the King’s plan to save mankind, but we know that you—not we—were created to be his image-bearers. We are his servants, sent to serve those who will be saved. I am honored to have been with you.

“When I deliver you safely, I must be on my way to my next assignment. We will meet again.

“Your first pleasure in the new world will be a welcome party. Many old acquaintances will be renewed, and many you have never met are eager to greet you. I will see you again soon.”

With that, the escorting angel left in a flash of light. Then the party begins.