"It was bright, brighter than anything I've ever seen. All the colors of the world are dull next to those colors He showed me.

"And music! Mama, you'd love it too. It was the most beautiful music my ears have ever heard. I couldn't recognize the tune, be we kept getting closer and closer to it."

"Then Jesus said to me, 'We have to go back.'"

“No,” I said.

“Yes, we have to go back. Your father won't let you go.'"

"And He was bringing me in here to the bedroom. Didn't you see us coming down the hall? You were calling me, and you commanded me to get up. That's when Jesus let go of me. There He is - oh, He's not there. He must have gone back, I guess."

Jesus Christ is the only one who cheated death.  He promised that if we believe in Him we can cheat death and live forever, too.

Well, Susan, since your mom was a Christ follower, she is now in the presence of Jesus. I hope you find this answer helpful, informative, and comforting. Ask me another question some time.

Love, Roger

Dr. Roger Barrier recently retired as senior teaching pastor from Casas Church in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to being an author and sought-after conference speaker, Roger has mentored or taught thousands of pastors, missionaries, and Christian leaders worldwide. Casas Church, where Roger served throughout his thirty-five-year career, is a megachurch known for a well-integrated, multi-generational ministry. The value of including new generations is deeply ingrained throughout Casas to help the church move strongly right through the twenty-first century and beyond. Dr. Barrier holds degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Golden Gate Seminary in Greek, religion, theology, and pastoral care. His popular book, Listening to the Voice of God, published by Bethany House, is in its second printing and is available in Thai and Portuguese. His latest work isGot Guts? Get Godly! Pray the Prayer God Guarantees to Answerfrom Xulon Press. Roger can be found blogging at Preach It, Teach It, the pastoral teaching site founded with his wife, Dr. Julie Barrier.