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18 Sep 2020


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short time ago I was given the book, To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story by Mary C. Neal. It’s an amazing and compelling story of an orthopedic surgeon who had a kayaking accident and passed on for a period of time. She shares her near death experiences in the book.

I could not put the book down and felt led to share parts of her story with Kent.

As I shared, Kent leaned forward and looked at me very seriously while we sat there together, and clearly said “Mum, your brain could not imagine what I have seen!”

Tears just welled up in my eyes and I replied, “Kent I am sooo blessed that God chose me to take this journey with you.”

As I was weeping and got up to get a tissue, Kent grabbed my arm and said “And I have seen the streets of gold!”

Whoa, I was simply lost for words. His face was glowing as he shared this with me.

Then I asked him, “Did you get sent back?”

“Yes, for you and Dad.”

Whoa! I was a sobbing mess for quite a while after that. There was such a peaceful presence around us as we shared this. And all the while he was just glowing like Heaven was shining down on him!

The veil is so transparent for Kent and he is living in a spiritually warm environment here in Hawai‘i, which is like an open Heaven at times like this. This helps him share his heart with authenticity and truth from his perspective. My gosh, what an amazing and special moment in time.

The discussion over the next few hours was just sooo precious between Clint and Kent as they sat there at the table. They both agreed as I asked them about their experiences. Firmly and without hesitation the said, “Oh, it’s so much better there than it is here!”

Yes, Kent and Clint have their challenging moments with their physical hearts. And yet I believe they both live far more wholeheartedly than any of us who think we might have it ‘all together.’ How interesting i will be one day when we meet with our Maker.

That is why the parable of the talents is so precious to me, I want to make sure that I ‘suck the marrow out of the life I have been blessed with and why I am so passionate to acknowledge and encourage the gifts and talents in each of our sons, and each person I encounter in life.

It is these conversations that make the experiences like those of 2010 and 2011 with Kent more meaningful.