Franklin Graham is marking the eleventh anniversary of his mother’s death by sharing a poem she wrote about heaven.
Ruth Bell Graham passed away on June 14, 2007. During her life, she loved to write and had a particular passion for poetry.
Now her son, Franklin, has shared one of her poems about the joy of entering heaven.
And when I die
I hope my soul ascends
slowly, so that I
may watch the earth receding
out of sight,
its vastness growing smaller as I rise,
savoring its recession with delight.
Anticipating joy is itself a joy.
And joy unspeakable
and full of glory needs more
than “in the twinkling of an eye,”
more than “in a moment.”
Lord, who am I to disagree?
It’s only we have much to leave behind;
so much … Before.
These moments of transition
will, for me,
be time to adore.