Warmth fills your belly and travels through you, consuming you. Your contracted legs straighten as you point your toes. You giggle like a dreamy girl trying on your first ballet slippers. Swinging your legs over the side of the hospital bed, you sit up with ease.
You run the back of your hand down your face—a cheek that is no longer sagging with the creases of age. Velvety soft. You inhale as much air as possible, and like a playful toddler, your cheeks swell like a blowfish. You hold the breath captive, and then, it escapes in boisterous laughter. Pure euphoria!
Standing, giggles pour out unbridled. You extend strong arms toward the ceiling as transparent glass slowly replaces the popcorn plaster. You drift upward, a breeze teasing your silky gown against your legs. How will you pass through?
There is no fear—only fascination. Just inches away, the glass ceiling shatters into soft translucent flakes. You catch several on your fingertip and look closer. They are like snowflakes—each one uniquely beautiful. Diamond flakes.
You stare into the expansive sky as you continue gliding upward. The sound of friendly whisperings grows louder and builds into a crescendo of victorious singing. A flute, violin, and other stringed instruments join the symphony.
People are toasting, singing, and dancing as they take turns hugging you. Every loved one ever lost is here. Here. Celebrating you. Is it possible to be suffocated by joy?
Suddenly, everything is hushed. The sound of footsteps becomes clear. The crowd parts and you stand in awe as the epitome of Righteousness approaches, but there is no reproach. You feel no fear. No shame. The Creator casts all-seeing, forever-loving eyes upon you. You inhale the fragrance of Love and finally understand how it feels to be unconditionally adored.
You fall to your knees in gratitude, but He gently lifts you in one arm as He sweeps the other through the air releasing pastels of yellow, blue, purple, and pink. Snuggling against His chest, Comfort fills you. You turn your head to watch the bursting colors twirl and dance—the dance of new beginnings. Father looks into your eyes, smiles and kisses you lightly on the head. He turns and nods lovingly at the crowd. As the Artist paints an exquisite sunrise, the party erupts into applause welcoming you home.