The Heaven test

I’ve seen this booth or one exactly like it for the past several days at the Umatilla County fairgrounds. There are usually longer lines at the booth where Elephant Ears are sold but I’ve seen people at this booth, too. Last night I saw an elderly woman lean through the window and hug a heavy set woman on the other side.

Tim’s boss saw me at the in the exhibit hall and gave me a sideways hug. I think that’s the first time he’s ever hugged me. It was sweet. I like getting hugs.

What I don’t like, however, is taking tests, of any sort.

I have this nightmare that comes to me during stressful times of my life. I’ve registered for a college math class only I never actually attend any of the classes until the last one, when I show up to take the final. A test I’m not the least bit prepared to take. Needless to say I wake up from this dream feeling totally discombobulated.

I steer clear of anything in life that resembles test-taking. I haven’t stopped by the Heaven booth, so I don’t know what two questions determine if you are going to get past the pearly gates or not.

I was raised to believe that heaven is a gated community. Only card-carrying members who’ve paid their dues are allowed inside.  I don’t know about you but I’ve never wanted to live in a gated community. I’m hoping heaven is a lot more diverse a place.

Writer Madeline L’Engle said, “Wherever God is, heaven is, and if I don’t have a glimpse of it here and now, I’m not going to recognize it anywhere else.”

So if you were asking people to take a test to determine whether they are good candidates for the community of Heaven, what two questions would you ask?

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