Are There Toys in Heaven?
Saturday we said good-bye to my husband’s aunt. She was a smart, funny, family oriented lady and will be missed.
As the kiddos and I whipped up some pancakes for breakfast Saturday, my oldest son asked, “Are there toys in heaven?”
It was one of those parenting moments we all pray about. We don’t pray for the moments to come. We pray for the right words when the moment arrives.
I said a quick prayer and did a mental dash through my heart before answering him.
I said, “I don’t know what heaven is like, but I believe that everything in heaven is so perfect that we don’t need toys or tv’s or distractions there. We are whole again, and, when we are angels, our days are filled with light and happiness and probably flying contests to see who can fly the fastest with our angel wings.”
This response seemed ok, at first. Then my son got teary eyed and said, “I want there to be toys in heaven because sometimes little kids die.”
Oh, man, those parenting moments just kept on coming!
I put down the pancake spatula, hugged him tight, and said, “God knows what we need. If there is a child in heaven who needs a toy, God will give him that toy. Remember, in heaven, there is no hurt or sadness.”
He hugged me back and asked for the big pancake on the griddle. 🙂
I finished making pancakes, fed the kids, and said a prayer. The first part was in thanksgiving for the innocent and pure hearts of my children. The second part of my prayer was for the young souls in heaven. I asked for comfort for those grieving the loss of those little ones and that those baby angels fly happily and wholly through eternity.
Today the intent of my prayer is again two-part.
One: May my children always possess the childlike wonder and curiosity they do now.
Two: May everyone find solace in the knowledge that God knows what we need. He will provide for us when the time is right.
Intentergy is about putting positive intent into the things we do. Please take time as you continue to celebrate the Christmas season and prepare for a new year and use that time to take inventory of all that has been provided for you in your life and embrace the awe of what is yet to come.
By: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. The pancakes were only slightly dark on one side. We just added butter. 🙂