Today is the three year anniversary of the death of my friend George. He was only 43 when he died of pancreatic cancer leaving a wife, a 12 year old son and a 17 year old daughter. I miss him every time I see a man mowing on a Dixie Chopper, every time a garden is mentioned or if I get into a heated political discussion, I miss George.

His wife, Robin, is publishing a book of his blog post from the two years that he fought his cancer. I can't wait to get the book. It is made up of amazing blog entries that show a man coming to terms with life, death and eternity. He loved God with everything he had.

I heard the John Lennon song Imagine, the other day "..imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try.." I've never liked those lyrics but the older I get, I dislike them even more. Why would anyone want to imagine there's no heaven? Look at your baby sleeping, feel that intense joy, and know that what your feeling is only a glimpse of what heaven is. Remember how your heart lept when your love first told you they loved you? That is only a glimpse of what we feel in heaven. I believe that all the "take your breath away" moments of joy are taste of eternity. We like to say that God is Love, then imagine an eternity IN love. That is heaven.

I know George is in heaven. He is IN love, all up in it and that makes me so happy for him. Makes me so happy there is a Heaven.

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1st Corinthians 13:12


agardana said…
Great post Carole. I think of George any time I hear a someone belly laugh. He could find humor and joy in any situation. He left a mark on this world, through his wife and kids, through his friends, through his church, through his patients and work, really through anyone who ever talked to him for more than 30 seconds. We all miss him terribly!
Anonymous said…
hey mrs. carole, this is lauren. I am sitting in class about to cry reading this. i needed it this morning. this yr has been the toughest of all for me. i've been super emotional all month. ha. i was walking to class thinking, "no one walking past me knows what today is" then i started thinking the more yrs that go by, i'm afraid ppl will forget him. then i read this. and a peace just flowed over me. i love you! and i am so blessed to say that george waites is my father. cant wait till we are all IN love together!! =)

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