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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. Tarsha Harris says:

    I lost a friend I cared about April 24, 2017. I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye or tell him how much I cared. My heart has a hole in it. I cry every day.

  2. Brenda Richardson says:

    I loss my best friend and soul mate February 26 2017 I feel like I can’t go on without him I’m wondering if he is watching over me from heaven

  3. Elizabeth Gideon says:

    Dr. Billy Graham has answered q question that I have pondered over for long.

  4. John Lynes says:

    I lost my dad in 2002, due to at Heart attack, I could not go to his funeral due to me just having Heart surgery. Then I lost my wife of over 20 years. Didn’t know what I was going to do. I know I had The Lord on my side because I have 11 Grandchildren, then I met a wonderful woman who is strong n the Lord and helps me. I now know a greater Love than I had before. I will tell you this trust in the Lord God, be like Job and he will give you more than you will ever know, I am very blessed So Yes They can see us and they rejoice with us

  5. Trish says:

    Lost my dad tragically and didn’t get to say goodbye properly! Or I love you dad and he understand me I’m heartbroken now. It’s hard to go on when you lose someone u love so much! IDK how I’m going to make it through this journey called life without u dad. I love u always and forever

    1. Taylor Huffman says:

      Just know that your love for Christ will someday bring you to your father. I will be the one to pray for your blessed soul. I know life’s hard but I’m sure your dad is watching from the heavens, excited for when you come to join him.

  6. Dee says:

    I had a miscarriage in November and lost my best friend, my mom, on Dec 25, 2016. I have a husband, kids and sisters, yet I feel alone and so insecure about the future. I’m having a hard time asking why? I do love Jesus with my whole heart. I know my baby is with my mom and our Lord. I just want the pain to ease up.

  7. Peter Singleton says:

    I believe that Hebrews points to heroes we can look to for examples of faith as we run the race, not those who are looking down at us and cheering us on. If we go the Baseball Hall of Fame, we can observe the pictures of those who excelled in the sport and use these heroes to help us excel in our endeavors.

  8. Glori says:

    Lost My Mom & Dad, Miss Them Terribly, Wondering If Their Watching Over Me…❤

    1. Kim says:

      Gloria–I too lost my precious Mom and Dad and I do believe they can see me. SometimesI feel them around me and it comforts me. I just keep growing in my faith and love of Christ knowing my soul will one day rest with my Lord and loved ones.

  9. Pam Bowen says:

    I lost the love of my life on February 25, 2017. I miss them so much. They were my soulmate.