With the death of two public icons this past week, it got me thinking. It got me thinking about Heaven. The evening of their deaths, every channel tried to get the story out. One had Farrah Fawcett's life, the next would have Michael Jackson's life. It's interesting to watch, I have to admit, but was Heaven any different that night than any other night? Were they throwing a party because these great stars lived these great Hollywood lives and were American Icons? Or even worldly icons?
My answer was "No". Every day people die. That particular day was no different than any other in Heaven. Every day there are celebrations in Heaven because of people dying and making it there and every day when those gates are opened wide for another holy soul, there is celebrating. I do not think though, in the eyes of God that any soul, once making it to Heaven is any better than any other soul making it there. God loves us all with His perfect Love. God loves us all equally. We are all equal in God's eyes. Yes, more is expected from some, less from others. We all sin. We all make mistakes. Yet, we all are loved equally by our Heavenly Father.
Oh, how people's lives change on earth though, huh? I hope their souls were ready for their deaths. I caught a few couple weeks ago, some sort of home video version that Farrah had made showing her cancer journey, and she was wearing a rosary around her neck. I'm sure her illness brought her close to God. She is having a Catholic funeral also. She was not afraid to suffer, which was a good example to us all.
Lord, let Your perpetual light shine upon these souls, and through Your Mercy, may they rest in peace.