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Farewell to Unforgettable Cleo, My Dog, My Friend, My Blessing

Patrick Beretta | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Patrick Beretta

Cleo taught me the fulfilling beauty of loyalty. From her I learned other wisdom: the liberating value of expecting less and appreciating more, the treasure in small things, the serenity of living in the present moment. She had an exquisite ability to remind me to cherish life.

The Simple Proof of God

Heather Simpson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Heather Simpson

Existing as a human being, with all of its 25,000 genes, complex proteins, interconnected minuscule cells that keep us in homeostatic balance on a millisecond by millisecond basis, is impossible. I can hardly build something with legos, let alone think up and create a human.

Bluebirds From Heaven

Sue Shanahan | Posted 11.10.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

October 9th is the anniversary of my younger sister Ann's death. She died suddenly, of an undetected heart condition in 2008. It hardy seems possible that she's been gone for seven years. When she made her transition she left a huge hole in my life. We spoke every day and spent as much time together as we could.

Where is God?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

What good is God-in-Heaven when the problems are here? Why won't a benevolent God stop human suffering and fix everything? Where is that God, the one who is supposed to love and care?

Happy Birthday, Daddy: A Letter to My Dad in Heaven

Eleni Makedonas | Posted 10.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Eleni Makedonas

It's been 2 years and 3 months since my father died. It's crazy how quickly time passes us by. I reflect on my father's life and on the lessons he t...

Everything Is in Divine Order

Karena Virginia | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Karena Virginia

I believe in the power of Love. I believe in miracles. I believe that everything is truly in divine order. The universe has a system that works. The sun and moon know exactly what to do.

Heaven Through a Child's Eyes

Pamela Boccia | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Pamela Boccia

My children have been blessed to know many of their great-grandparents. Such a blessing also means they have experienced the loss of five close relatives, with three passing away this year.

Heavenly Srinagar

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel
Sriya Chakravarti

Srinagar has been the fascination of many. So, this summer when I got an opportunity to travel to this most famous "go to" Hindi movie shooting location of the 70's and 80's, my heart jumped to it.

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Why I Do Not Believe in Hell

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There are many reasons why the storyline about hell does not work for me. Not anymore, anyway. There was a time I tried to believe in it, afraid I might just end up there if I did not.

This is Where God Lives (Do You Recognize This Place?)

Mick Mooney | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Life can only be truly experienced up close. Sure, we can observe it from a distance, but to experience it, to participate in it's true beauty, we have to embrace it, we have to allow the imperfections to touch us, and we have to embrace the cracks and stains of life.

What I Should Have Asked My Father Before He Died

Mary Novaria | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

This is my fifteenth Father's Day without my dad. He died of heart failure, a couple of months shy of his 79th birthday. He took his last breath quite peacefully while I sat by his bedside. He was gone. And so was a family history I'd neglected to plumb.

Paradise Polled: Americans and the Afterlife

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Kathleen Weldon

Since the genesis of modern polling, the American public has been asked about not only their opinions on the political and social issues of the day, but their beliefs about the biggest questions humanity faces.

8 Takeaways About Near Death Experiences And Heaven

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion

What actually happens to those people who "die" and come back, and what can they tell us about the life that might awaits us after death? On this wee...

Is Heaven Real? People With Near Death Experiences Explain

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

What actually happens to those people who "die" and come back? And what can they tell us about the life that might awaits us after death, and the importance of life in the hear and now?

Girl Fell From Tree, Visited Jesus In Heaven And Awoke Cured, Mom Claims In New Book

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion

A little girl claims she went to heaven after she fell from a tree and was cured of chronic sickness when she returned, according to a book released t...

Is Mister Rogers in Heaven? Fred Rogers and the Faithfulness of God

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

In the deepest recesses of his heart, Fred Rogers was an unabashed universalist who believed that God never gives up on any of us exactly because we are all essentially good, valuable, and lovable: God is the Great Appreciator, and we are the greatly appreciated.

Where the Hell Is Heaven or Hell?

Tami Shaikh | Posted 05.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tami Shaikh

The concept of heaven and hell is such a big part of our world religions. Growing up we are taught that we have to do certain things and it will allow...

Facing death: How religion matters

David Briggs | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

A young woman held captive for months by ISIS wanted to make one point clear in a brief, handwritten letter to her family. "I remember mom always t...

Entertaining Judgment: Why We Need Stories About the Afterlife

Greg Garrett | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion
Greg Garrett

Reactions varied widely to the recent news that Alex Malarkey, the young co-author of the bestselling book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, had in fact been trying to tell people for a long time that the best selling book about him was a fraud.

This Mother Says She Knew About Her Son's Death Years Before It Happened

OWN | Posted 02.09.2015 | OWN

Many have dreamed of what the afterlife looks like -- a tunnel of light, a set of pearly white gates -- but Dr. Mary Neal, an orthopedic spine surgeon...

The Positivity of Givers and Takers

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

It seems that we are both the givers and the takers; it's only until we tip the scales of justice that we truly see who is the true giver of us all...

Creativity and the Ordinary

Miriam Ava | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Miriam Ava

Consider housekeeping your launchpad to happiness. Clearing away what no longer sparks joy (thanks, Marie Kondo), creating space for what you envision, and anticipating beauty -- that's what opens you up to the heavens. Let the good rush in and through you, and then ship your art.

Why Tyndale Should Keep Malarkey In Print

Eric Simpson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Books
Eric Simpson

But worse than a six-year-old making the stuff up is Tyndale House self-righteously taking the book off the market because it isn't literally true, as if that should be a big surprise! It's not real? No kidding. Keep selling the book. People enjoy it.

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Or Not?

Ritoban Mukherjee | Posted 03.22.2015 | Weird News
Ritoban Mukherjee

Needless to say, this will shroud the realm of near-death experiencers with a blanket of disbelief. And perhaps that is justified, to an extent. But as I said, you cannot of just one opinion in matters like these.