Today begins an exciting new chapter in the life of Matthew Everette Steiner. I repeat his full name...as it is a name that is ringing throughout the halls of heaven today! As soon as Matthew took his last breath here on earth, he gulped a breath of celestial air for the first time...and began his adventure in paradise. When he crossed over the threshold of those pearly gates, I believe there was a shout and there were victory dancers surrounding him as he was escorted through the streets of gold by the holy angels themselves. The saints of old were lining the streets, cheering and waving, calling out his name and welcoming him HOME. Yes, HOME...home at last. He was greeted and hugged by his grandparents and friends and ancestors who have gone on before...and then, best of all, he was presented to the One Who Died for him...his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ Himself.
Oh, how I would have loved to have been a little birdie on the wall watching this amazing event! I would so love to have had just a glimpse of the joy on my precious son's face as he met Jesus face to face. To see him running and leaping through those jewel lined streets...strong and healthy and completely well! No more sickness, no more fear, no more dying... Set free and totally healed...never to suffer ever again.
Yes, I am sad. I will miss this laughing, happy, fun loving child of mine. I already miss hearing his voice. I am overcome with tears as waves of memories assail me frequently without warning. I am grieving for this great loss to our family and to his own sweet wife and son. There are no words that can describe what I am feeling adequately...but these word pictures do help me visualize the joy that he is experiencing...and I need to remember that. My son is whole again...no more dying there...he is worshiping the King of Kings...and singing praises with the angels in glory. Again I ask, "How could I NOT want this day to come?"
|Matthew Everette Steiner...before the cancer struck him|
Healthy and whole...the way I expect he is today in heaven