By   •   June 19, 2007   •   Topics: ,


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. Robin Cunningham says:

    This commentary has been a blessing to me. My mother went to heaven on April 5th of 2017 and I miss her so very dearly. I am a born-again Christian and I love our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Thank you for this commentary.

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  4. Judy Hill says:

    Thank you
    It’s good to be reminded

  5. Linds says:

    Thank you mr Graham, yes i am a Christian.

  6. Margaret Foster says:

    First of all heaven is for believers so if our parents and love ones did not accept Christ there will be know reunion that’s what I think

  7. Sue Miller says:

    We absolutely will know others, I believe my family and friends, just think of it, who do you suppose will at the marriage supper of the Lamb, the banqueting table who’s banner over me (and you) is love, we won’t remember this crazy world, how would that be heaven❤️❤️❤️

  8. Patrick Landreth says:

    Amen, thank you. Question: will I recognize loved ones? Thanks. The answer Bible says we won’t remember the former things.

  9. Gibson says:

    I love your word and it really change me.