There is a southern gospel song who’s words go like this: ‘If I surveyed all the good things that comes to me from above if I counted my blessings from the store house of love I simply ask for a favor of Him beyond mortal man and I know he will grant it again. I want to stroll over Heaven with you some sweet day, when all our trials and heartaches have truly vanished away and we’ll enjoy all the beauty where all things are new. I want to stroll over Heaven with you’.This weekend I had the privilege of volunteering at the mobile Vietnam Veterans wall aiding (with the help of a computer) the search of names to see where the deceased soldier’s name was located on the vast wall. The names are in the chronological order from the first casualty to the last.
The emotion that I and others who helped was more than words could say. To hear grown men cry when they located the name of their soldier, well I will let you imagine the overwhelming feeling it gave. To hear those sobs and see some of them drop to their knees with tears flowing from their eyes, anyone with a heart would sense their hurt.
One older man came to ask for help with a name. When the volunteer found the soldier and the location the elderly man with a cane asked him if he would take him to the part of the wall where the name was located because his vision wasn’t good enough for him to read the small print. The volunteer was more than happy to help him as he was a Veteran too.
When they arrived at the wall the elderly man fell to his knees, crying uncontrollably. The volunteer asked him if he was alright. Through the deep cries the volunteer heard these words, “This is my son….I didn’t get to go to his funeral service, but at least now I can look upon his name on this wall and say my 'good bye and thank him”.
For those who lost a family member, a spouse or a friend in any war I want to bring you hope that one day you will be able to stroll over Heaven with them. If you have been born again then you are a child of God then you are assured that one day you will go to Heaven that is a promise in the Bible. Jesus told us that he was going to prepare a place for us. He said in his Father’s house were many mansions. The Bible is full of promises about eternal life.
If you are a Veteran then know that we as Americans are so proud of you and so thankful to you for your service. I can’t even imagine what fear one must endure when they are in a battle and the bullets and bombs are going off all around you. I can’t imagine the fear and hurt when you witnessed a buddy get killed or severally injured….no words that is in my vocabulary have the ability to describe what that must feel like. All I can say is ‘thanks’.
Many of you veterans that are maimed in body, soul and mind I want to give you hope. I want to tell you that one day you will be whole again. I want to promise you that when you get to Heaven you will stroll with Jesus and the Angels. I want you to know that the Hell you went through protecting the America that you love will be turned to your good and you will be rewarded because your trial and your heartache will truly vanish away. You will enjoy the beauty where all things are new and all of us Christians will stroll over Heaven with you.
As you read this please know that I am praying for you. Please know that Jesus loves you and has gone to Heaven to prepare a place for you. No more hurt, pain, disappointments, heartaches, wars…can you imagine what it will be like? Ask Jesus into your heart and ask him to forgive you of all your sins and he will and you will stroll over Heaven one day with all believers. Thank you Veteran, with all my heart I thank you!