My Inspiration comes from the Book Letters to Heaven by Calvin Miller
We purchased this book on a trip to the store Ollie’s where we hoped to find a book on observing different bird species as well as purposed to find new reading material for Joan. Yes, at times I would call my mother-in-law by her first name, with her permission. On occasion, we would even exchange a warm friendly “Mrs. Somjak”, when referring to each other, always resulting in a smile.
The book’s premise is written with an accumulation of short stories of others who combine beautiful lessons for this life with uplifting promises for the next.
The book’s tag-line states: “Inspiration to Make Your Earthly Experience More Heavenly”.
As we later sat on our back porch, with book in hand I silently asked the Holy Spirit to direct our reading in the pages. I opened directly to the story of the late Todd Beamer on Flight 93 on 9/11 when he and others thwarted hijackers.
With that said, it is now that I would like to share with you my open Letter to Heaven addressed to Mrs. Joan M Somjak
Letter to Heaven
It’s easy to imagine you entering Heaven. I can even imagine how you’ve quickly adjusted to your new forever home. But I struggle as I imagine your suffering in your last hours, battling the limitations of earth to reach beyond to the great divide.
Here is my thank you and genuine thoughts to your brave heart. I’m sending it to your Heavenly address-the home you mentioned just days before- that you wished for while on earth, for a house that would big enough for all of us to live together.
You’ve arrived 11/04/21 to your mansion in Heaven, and because we hope in the Lord, we confidently know we will see you again. While in your latter days together we would pray the Lord’s Prayer, eye to eye. You would frequently pray and ask, ‘Jesus, help me”, unsure of yourself at times, yet remaining seemingly confident in God.
The irony is these are the exact same two prayers Rob Beamer was recorded to have prayed before he courageously stepped forward and stated his famous words, “Let’s Roll” on 9/11. You see, it was in these same two prayers that helped give him the courage to reach beyond himself. I trust you were prepared with courage as well, because of your prayers. You had what it would take on that sacred day to step forward triumphantly entering into your eternal hope.
Hebrews 1:10 “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
You bore the image of your Heavenly Father as you held his reflection of work in your hands. Beginning at the young age of 11 working outside the home, growing into adulthood completely dedicated to serve the Lord, blessing your family, your wonderful husband, welcoming all to join at mealtime, including extended family, and church. The Father must have been pleased with your work to extend an answer to your prayer for the healing of your arm that was due to unforeseen accident, in order that you might continue in your services to Him.
I find your simple prayer and His response-a miracle created- astonishing and merciful.
The Bible speaks of willingly working with our hands, in Proverbs 31; giving to those in need, in Ephesians 4:28; offering food to those who are hungry, a drink to those who are thirsty, giving to those in need of clothing, visiting the sick and in those in prison. Jesus said, inasmuch as you did it to the least of these My brethren you did it to Me.
Ps. 90:17 “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.”
Your eyes are now fully open to the continual revealing of the Glory of God, being able to comprehend His glory over your life span: past, present, and future. I believe I’ve gotten a glimpse this side of heaven, teaching me of the Glory of God in our time spent together.
I picture you being greeted as a champion, like Todd. Not that of the same works, yet, for the same One- Jesus, who Remains on Throne, rewarding our works done in faithfulness- as well as being greeted by those you’ve never met in Heaven because of your bold service, work and witness for Christ. Lastly, I offer your words back to you, as well as to all who loved you reading this note now: “May we meet again, in Heaven, where friendship never ends.”
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He pour out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Deborah Somjak 4-Unfolded Hearts