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I never knew my mother, because she died when I was very young. Will I recognize her when I get to heaven? And will she recognize me? This bothers me, because I've heard that the Bible says somewhere that in heaven we won't remember the former things.


I have no doubt that in heaven your mother will recognize you, and you will recognize her—even if you never knew each other on earth. When King David’s infant son died, David declared, “I will go to him” (2 Samuel 12:23).

Perhaps you are thinking of Isaiah 65:17: “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” But this verse has nothing to do with whether or not we will be reunited with our loved ones in heaven if we know Christ. Instead, it gives us a great promise: Someday all the sins and pains and failures of this world will be over, and we will be with Christ forever.

More than that, God has promised that in heaven nothing—even the memory of this world’s sin and pain—will cast a shadow over the joy He has in store for us there. Think about that for a moment. In this world, even the memory of what someone did to us years ago can still cause us pain. But that won’t be true in heaven, because our focus won’t be on the past but on Christ and what He means to us.

In the meantime, make it your goal to walk with Jesus every day. Do you know Him? If not, make your commitment to Him today. Then take comfort in His promise: “I am going there (to heaven) to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

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  1. Darrel Wheeler says:

    I respect Rev. Graham’s teaching and love to read his comments.

  2. Linda says:

    Thank you so much. You have answered my question on if I will know my parents in Heaven. May God richly bless you.

  3. Deanna says:

    I have often wondered this too. I feel relieved to know we will see the people we love again. Praise the Lord.

  4. Wlliam says:

    I believe there’s a afterlife reunion with family, hopefully with friends as well.

    1. Wlliam says:

      I believe family and friends will meet again in heaven.

  5. Barbara Wisdom says:

    I treasure everything Billy Graham tells me. His words always comfort me!

  6. Joe Johnston says:

    My wife died in June 2017. We were married for 63 years. We are both children of God. We believe in the father, son, and holy ghost. Do you think we will be together as man and wife? No doubt in my mind she’s in heaven right now, and I know I’m going to heaven because I have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. But at the moment I’m very lonely. I pray and cry and then I ask the Lord to give me peace. He does but the hurt is still there. He has something for me to do or I would have died a long time ago. I’m 85 years old and I know he has something he wants me to do.

    1. Natalie Seitz says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this post. It’s so beautiful how much that you love your wife even now. And I have also had those thoughts and truly believe not only will they recognize us and know who we are but the relationships will be even better than they were here on earth. It’s so inspiring that even at 85 you are seeking to do God’s will here on earth. You are awesome and I can only hope I can raise my two little boys to be an incredible man and husband like you.

  7. Simon says:

    This gave me hope and joy.

  8. Betty Ann Gandy says:

    I’ve had two miscarriages. I’ve been told by members of my Church congregation that I will see them in Heaven. Is there Scripture to support this?

    1. TRICIA M MULLIN says:

      Hi Betty Ann, I’ve also had two miscarriages and wondered the same thing. I’m so sorry for their loss. I believe that we’ll indeed meet those little ones in heaven since they were children of God when we were blessed with their conception. I hope this brings you comfort.

  9. Claudia Mahaffey says:

    I commit to God right now this day, this moment, I want to be saved and a Christian.

  10. Donald E Bellah says:

    I enjoyed this message very much. My mother went to be with Jesus on June 23, 2017. I was not very close to her and it really tore me cause I wanted her to just love me. I did not spend a lot of time visiting mom and dad cause my childhood haunted me over and over.
    Now that she is gone I just keeping reminding myself I will see her again in heaven, and as I thought about that I realized that when we get there, all that hurt and pain will no longer be remembered. I can enjoy my mom and others the way that God my father meant for it to be.
    I see my mom’s chains of pain and torment have fallen off her, she will never feel bad about anything again. She is free, free in Jesus. Thank you Jesus and I am free also now cause I can see it and understand it.