The Final Promise

I was a chubby, rosy-cheeked 7-year-old girl with blonde ringlets tied up with plaid bows when I learned there is a heaven. I didn’t know then how I would get there, but I knew I wanted to see this place with many mansions where Jesus lived, and he said I could live there too.

Many years have passed since that little girl absorbed the words of the verse that spoke of preparation, promise, and place. I still hold on to the promise of being received and accepted into a place prepared for me by Jesus, where he is and I can also be.

I have said goodbye to my father, my mother, my daughter, and countless friends who have been received into heaven ahead of me. There is a place for all who believe.

 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

Yesterday, a friend sent me a picture and at that moment, my heart remembered the promise. I am still holding onto the promise.

I go to prepare a place for you – so that when your life is over, I will receive you to myself and you will live with me forever. – Jesus

In this cycle of life someone, right now, is saying a final goodbye. There is no music. There is no rhythm. There is no harmony. There is only labored breath, one last smile, one last touch, one last beat of a beautiful heart, then – the final goodbye.

For the soul who loves Jesus, their last breath on earth is their first breath of celestial air.

Let not your heart be troubled. When the sun comes up, rejoice that the final goodbye is the eternal sunrise in heaven. Jesus will keep his promise, will receive you to himself, and your place will be sealed forever.


Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson
JANE’s professional experience is scattered across industries from financial services and insurance to engineering and manufacturing. Jane sees her background in writing and editing website content as the foundation to her current love of social media. Being an avid reader, meticulous note taker and lifelong learner has fostered her natural pursuit of sharing her world through writing. Reading books and summarizing content started as a hobby and has since grown to be a major part of her vocational experience. Jane says, “Authors pour their heart and soul into writing their book. When I write a review, it’s with intent to celebrate the book and promote the author.” Jane claims to be 'the best follower you'll ever want to meet' and has been repeatedly called servant leader, eternal cheerleader, social media evangelist, and inspirational go-to person. Jane is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

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  1. Jane, dear friend. Although we have never met in person, we have been introduced through our written words. This piece is heartwarming but so true if one truly believes in Our Lord, the Eternal Father who created all things. I plan to share this piece with a friend of mine who recently lost her husband rather suddenly. They were flying home and Bill passed away on the flight home….God’s never breaks a promise to us! God bless