This story is meant to show how different our comprehension of time can be compared to the Lord’s viewpoint. When we miss someone, the time can go very slowly. But we shall see our loved ones sooner than we think...

The Thousand Year Cafe


Grandpa has gone to heaven.  He is sitting in a restaurant.  An angel is serving him, and he asks, “What is going on around here?”


“When I first got here, I spoke to two people who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. They said something about being here in heaven only a few minutes.  Then, I talked with a man who had died during a railroad strike in 1893. He said, ‘I’ve enjoyed the past few hours I have been here.’ Finally, I spoke to some people who had died during the year 1023 in the Byzantine Empire.  They were not very familiar with things, because they had only been in heaven for a day or so.  What do they mean?”


The angel replied, “Haven’t you ever heard of the scripture that says, ‘To the Lord, one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day?’”*


“Yes, but I’ve never thought about it.”  Then Grandpa pauses.  He asks the angel, “My friends and my family – they know the Lord Jesus like me - when will they get here?”


The angel smiles, and replies, “We’d better get some more plates set out on this table, because they’ll be here any minute.”


Randy A. Stahla


* II Peter 3:8

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