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Do you think people who've already entered heaven can look down and see what we're doing here on earth? Sometimes I think of my spouse in that way (she died four years ago). But, then, wouldn't she be unhappy looking down on all the misery here? I always thought heaven was a place of total happiness.


Yes, heaven is a place of total happiness and peace, and we can be confident that our loved ones who have gone before us into heaven are not disturbed or upset over the evil things that happen here on earth.

The Bible doesn’t clearly tell us if people in heaven are able to observe what happens on earth–although there are some hints that they do. In the book of Hebrews, for example, the writer recalls the great men and woman of faith who have gone before us and are now in heaven. Then he adds, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses … let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). Like spectators in an arena, he seems to suggest, they are watching and cheering us on as we seek to follow Christ.

Never forget that heaven’s main focus is Christ. Even if those in heaven see some of what happens here, they now see it from God’s point of view. And they know that some day “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

Thank God for the hope we have in Christ–a hope that is based squarely on Jesus Christ and what He did for us through His death and resurrection. Is your hope and trust in Him?

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  1. veronica wolfe says:

    My husband died recently and we have been married 45 years. We are Christians and have both been active in the church for many years. We have adopted many children and sponsored others. It is very lonely for me here and I still have a 12-yr-old boy to care for who is lovely. I need prayer as I cannot easily bear not having my husband here. It is lonely and my work here is very hard as we live in the country.

  2. Beverly says:

    Will my dead husband know that I was his wife. We truly were in love 7 months now he’s been gone Bev

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Beverly,

      We are so sorry for your loss. Here is Billy Graham’s answer to your question:

      My Answer

  3. Dorothy D Banks says:

    Thanks. I hope my loved one can see how much he is loved

  4. veronica wolfe says:

    My husband just died; he was ill from Parkinson’s disease and died of a heart attack. We have always been so close and I miss him terribly. He was a Christian and sang and even gave messages. We tried everything we could for healing; My life is extremely lonely and I hope he can see me even though I cannot see him. His funeral is next Weds. 9/28.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Veronica, we are so very sorry to hear about your husband’s death, but so thankful that he was a follower of Christ. We are praying for you and hope these words from one of Billy Graham’s “My Answers” will be of some comfort to you.
      God bless you. You are never alone. Know that Jesus is with you, and your brothers and sisters in Christ are praying for you. -BGEA team

  5. Sharon says:

    I’m attending a grief group. I’ve had a lot of loss.. even my sister suddenly @ age 34. But, my Mom was the hardest loss July 2005. Things have resurfaced due to our house flooding & losing pictures & things. I haven’t been the same since the flood, but going to support groups. It was mentioned that our loved ones in heaven can see us. I thought I’d google it & these posts were the first I saw. Sorry for everyone’s losses. Not alone.

  6. Brenda Sparks says:

    I’ve always wondered if my dad could see me Tom hèaven,we were really close,I miss him so much!

  7. Geri Fromm says:

    The Hebrews verse must be read in context. Those witnesses are witnesses of faith… examples of people who lived out faith in the Lord. See got for a very good explanation.

  8. pastor Mark carty says:

    Death when you leave this body. You don’t know what’s going on earth.. you have crossed over. There is no need for what you left in the world.

  9. rhond says:

    Yes my hopes ,my dreams and faith are in my savior Jesus.

  10. Lennie says:

    Last night, my 23 year old son began his preaching career. As we were leaving church, I told him and our pastor that I wished my son’s dad could see him. We lost his dad when he was only 8. My pastor referenced this verse in Hebrews. It causes so much joy to know that my husband can see his children. And his grandchildren! I had thought that our loved ones could not see us because it would cause them pain and there is no pain in Heaven. Thank you! And GOD bless!