Tears welling in her eyes, Amy* shared her greatest fear with me: “I worry I’m not good enough to be with her in heaven.”
This was not the first time I’ve heard a woman express such a fear to me. My own mother clung to life long after she really wanted to live because the religion of her childhood instilled a bone-deep fear that she would be sent to a fiery eternity.
Amy’s fear, however, was the saddest such declaration I’ve ever heard. She wasn’t afraid of eternal damnation. She was terrified of eternal separation from her only child, who died at the age of 15 after a car hit her as she was crossing a street on her bike. Continue reading Am I Good Enough for Heaven?