A friend of 15 years died of cancer July 11, 2006. Months before her death she told me of what lay ahead and she had no fear because she knew that she would be with God. I wanted to write something memorable and this is the result. I presented it to her a few weeks before her passing but by then she was unable to read. I pulled up a chair to her bedside and read it aloud. When I finished she smiled and said, “I like it.” Her family reprinted it into a booklet and made it available at the sign-in table at her closed casket funeral
Judy’s First Conversation with God
God Hi Judy. Don’t just stand there on ceremony girl, have a seat. Oops, that’s my right side. Oh well, go ahead, He’s out today on a recruiting drive.
Judy Who are you?
Judy Why are you a man?
God I’m not a man.
Judy Are you a woman?
Judy What are you then?
God I am the wind, a bullfrog, a tree, the star you wished on, a baby’s heart, love... I am all things.
Judy All things?
God Yes, I am all things...to you.
Judy Are you a telephone pole?
God Do you believe that I am a telephone pole?
Judy I don’t know.
God Then I don’t know either.
Judy Is God your real name?
God Call me whatever you like; I’m easy.
Judy You don’t look like God.
God What do you think I should look like?
Judy I don’t know. I never saw any drawings of the real you.
God Of course not. People mostly paint Me in a cloud or mist or something like that. But aren’t there a bunch of nice attempts
of My Son?
Judy Yes. I always liked the one where He’s on His knees beside a big rock, looking up and a ray of sunlight is falling on Him.
God That’s a good one, isn’t it? Do you want to see what I looked like when you were “down there?”
Judy Can I?
God Sure. Look at this.
Judy It’s just me in a mirror.
God Look again. This time, don’t just see it--feel it. It’s you and Me; we’re the same. Remember what the Book said,”…and God created man in His own image.”
Judy I’m you? You’re me? I don’t believe it!
God Why don’t you believe it? I heard you say many times that you believed in Me and you believed in yourself. Because you believed in the both of us, you were then able to do all that good stuff.
Judy Good stuff? I did good?
God Yep, you did real good Kid.
Judy But I messed up a lot.
Judy God please forgive me for making all those mistakes.
God No sweat. Hey, you used what I sent you there with.
Judy What was that?
God Free will, silly. You did good. You should see what messes some other people made. Close your eyes and see for yourself.
God He’s not here right now…just a bit of humor. I surprise a lot of people with it. It was one of my better gifts. What were we talking about?…senior moment there. Oh yeah, when you closed your eyes did you see the turmoil that a lot of people have caused?
God Look. You raised three great kids, right? You took responsibility for yourself. You alone made financial choices so you wouldn’t be a burden on others, right? You made a whole bunch of people happy, right? No turmoil there. And let’s see…St. Peter tells me that his book shows that you helped people and didn’t ask for anything in return. That’s good. Here, have a coffee mug.
Judy A coffee mug?
God Yes. That’s what you get when you’ve helped people and didn’t ask for anything in return.
Judy A coffee mug?
God Yes, what do you want, a new car?
Judy I didn’t want anything. I helped them because they needed it.
God Right. Because you helped them and didn’t ask for anything I’m giving you a coffee mug. Do you want it or not?
Judy Thanks……I guess.
God Anyway, welcome back.
God Yes back. Why, what’s the problem?
Judy What do you mean back?
God Oh My Goodness. You haven’t yet been returned to your Original Spirit, have you?
Judy Original Spirit?
God Yes. You started here, went there, now you’re here again.
Judy I don’t understand.
God Everyone starts from here then goes there with a purpose. Some inspire, others entertain, some teach. There are lots of jobs.
Everyone gets to pick what they want before they go.
Judy What about all the bad stuff that goes on like what I saw a minute ago when my eyes were closed?
God People need to compare things. How could you know good if you don’t know bad? And people love to gripe. Bad gives them something to gripe about. If you always had all the doughnuts you wanted, you wouldn’t know what it’s like to miss them, would you?
Judy You make things sound so simple.
God Hey, I’m a simple guy. Man made me complicated.
Judy Ok, so what job did I pick?
God You picked some of the hardest ones. You wanted to show people how to love, how to be kind and how to be thoughtful.
Judy How’d I do?
God I told you, you did good. What do you want, another coffee mug?
God Tell you what, I’ve got some chores to do. Why don’t you look around and tell me what you think of how I’ve fixed-up the place. It’s taken me eons to get it to look like what people believe that it should. I want everyone to feel comfortable when they get here. But times and beliefs change so I have to change with them. What would you think of mauve colored walls?
Judy Nice. Oh, I’m sorry to have taken so much of your time! You must need to talk to other people too.
God No, that’s not it. I talk to everyone at the same time.
Judy You can do that?
God Sure. That’s nothing. Want to see a card trick?
God Just pulling your leg. Now…..go look around. Get back to me with any suggestions you have to improve things. But please don’t move the furniture.
God Judy…..just a minute. Do you believe in reincarnation?
God OK, then you won’t go back down. Folks can have whatever they believe. And by the way your kids, Judy! Jill, Scott, and Jeff...they'll be just fine.
Judy Oh my God, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m so relieved to hear that.
God You’re welcome. Oops, I almost forgot.
Judy Forgot what?
God To give back your Original Spirit so that all doors will be open to you.
Judy Is this that thing where you touch me on the shoulder with a sword?
God No my Dear, something better…(he kissed her lips)
Judy I’ve felt that kiss before.
God Yes… I know you have. You felt it every time you kissed someone you loved and cared for. And you felt it again when they kissed you back.
Judy Yes. I remember…those were special moments.
God You felt Me.
Judy Thanks, God. You’re exactly what I believed you would be. And I’ve decided that you’re not a telephone pole.
God Thanks, I needed that.
Judy By the way God, earlier you said that you’d tell me the difference between you and me when I saw us in the mirror. What is it?
“I’m the only one who can give out the coffee mugs.”
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