Whether or not you believe Colton Burpo's story, I can tell you that this book brought me a lot of grace during a time I needed it.
My 90 year old grandfather had been in the hospital for three weeks after he underwent a triple bypass open heart surgery. He had ups and he had downs. Last Friday night about 10 p.m. or so, my sister called to tell me that she had just talked to one of my aunts and that PawPaw had taken a turn for the worse.
I grabbed my Rosary beads and headed upstairs to get King to pray with me. On Fridays, when the Rosary is prayed, one contemplates the Sorrowful Mysteries (Read more about the four Mysteries of the Rosary here).
1.The Agony in the Garden: Contrition for our sins
2.The Scourging at the Pillar: Mortification of our senses
3.The Crowning with Thorns: Interior mortification
4.The Carrying of the Cross: Patience under crosses
5.The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord: That we may die to ourselves
As I prayed, I could see some parallels in my grandfather's life, especially the last few weeks, and the last few hours of the life of Christ. My aunt had sent an email out that Friday morning saying that PawPaw had been so thirsty but that he was not allowed to drink anything. "I thirst." John 19:28
King and I got to the last Mystery. "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Luke 23:46
We then prayed a Divine Mercy Chaplet and a personal prayer for my grandfather. God's will, not our own.
Redemption in suffering.
A couple of minutes after King and I prayed, my sister called back. My aunt had just called.
"It is finished." John 19:30