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I used to be very active in my church and I taught Sunday school for over 30 years, but now I'm in my 80s and crippled from arthritis and other problems, and I can't even get out. Why is God keeping me here? I'd rather be in heaven. Is it wrong to feel this way?


No, it’s not wrong for us to yearn for heaven, particularly when the burdens of this life begin to press down upon us. Once the Apostle Paul expressed the same yearning when he was going through a difficult time: “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23).

After all, if we know Christ, we know this world is not our final home. Death for us is not the end; it is only the gateway to a new life in God’s presence forever. In this world, we experience pain and illness and conflict—but someday all the things that trouble us right now will be over. The Bible says, “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1). What a great promise!

But in the meantime, God has His reasons for keeping us here. Perhaps you can’t do everything you once did—but you can pray for others, and you can be an example of Christ’s love and peace to those around you. Will your grandchildren or others who know you remember you for your love of Christ, even when life was hard?

May this be a time when you grow closer to Jesus. Someday soon, He will take you into His presence—but until then, take each day as a gift from God, and ask Him to help you live it with joy and expectation. God bless you.

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  1. BILL & DIANE says:

    BG answers and opinions are oxygen to so many of us who follow him. WE MUST ALL PRAY W/OUT CEASING FOR HIS JOURNEY. Dear LORD GOD you have blessed all man kind to know your son BILLIE GRAHAM.

  2. Jana Jones says:

    Thank you for these articles. It was God’s answer to my heart’s cry this morning. My husband is not in good health and I miss my young, strong, vibrant husband. But when I turn to God’s Word for encouragement, He teaches me there are great fruits of the Spirit to be developed in us both like patience, kindness, gentleness. We may think we have these fruits, but when life changes and gets burdensome, that’s when God really matures us and brings us to a greater self-less-ness. So, these articles today really collaborated with the Word’s work already active in my soul. Thank you so much!

  3. Rusitah says:

    This is the answers I need this moment when I feel why I am in this situation, Praise the Lord Jesus.

  4. Bonnie Skinas says:

    I am almost about crippled up from authritus but am only 60 and I relapsed back into drugs but am praying for deliverance this is my 3ed relapse when will this love of drugs and the habit go away God can do miracles and I excpect one from him and that would be it and do have a testimony to give for young addicted folks but I don’t wont to lose my salvation just because I fell I was told that their is a demon or a word called pharmecuticai which is greek for sorcery thru the use of drugs, is this true, I sure don’t like that. Please pray for my deliverance before I die so that I will make it to heaven Mr Billy Graham. I got sober in 2006 and fell 3 times I have hypetitus c and a bunch of other problemds health wise God bless you.

  5. Yerda Marie says:

    Thank you this just answered my question and you made is so wonderful ,God bless

  6. Kathy Carrillo says:

    Thank you Dr Graham. Having bad health I have often thought of how wonderful it would be to be in heaven now, but I also know that God has a reason for keeping me here. I feel honored to serve God in every way possible, and can only hope that I am a good example of Christ’s love.

  7. Robert Corrie says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about God, and his love for us all.

  8. clara wilkes says:

    I was watching some of the older crusades from billys ministry from years ago and have been in a lot pain and diagnosed with cancer recently. I sat in my chair and I cried and wished that if only GOD would let me sit and talk with him before I die. Through the years of watching his telecasts I just see the LORD all over Billy Graham. GOD bless him for all I have learned from his sermons.

  9. elaine parks says:

    God is never makes a mistake,,,you are still here for a reason..maybe a unsaved child, grandchild,,,love one