Mrs. Thomas Alva Edison shared with the renowned minister Norman Vincent Peale this story. She said when her husband was dying it was evident that he very much wanted to speak. So she bent over and placed her ear next to his mouth. Thomas Edison, in a faint whisper, spoke his last words, "It is beautiful over there."
Reverend Peale noted the importance of this. Peale wrote, "Edison never reported as fact something he did not believe or see. He was not a dreamer or a poet but an exact scientist." From the vision of Thomas Edison, we know that heaven is a beautiful place.
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Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about behaviors and definitions and justice called The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
"Have you seen it?" whispered the Barbie doll to her next door neighbour.
The next Barbie doll in line was instantly alert. There were five different Barbie dolls, who lived jumbled together in the toy cupboard but who were so jealous of each other that they rarely spoke. "Seen what?" asked the second Barbie doll, blue eyes darting all round the room.
"The Princess," replied the first Barbie with glee. "Caitlin's done her hair and it looks terrible!"
These verses from Mark's gospel are a call to commitment, a call to sacrifice, and a call to give up everything of earthly value in life. To say these are difficult verses is truly an understatement. It is pretty clear that the disciples are not at all ready for what Jesus is saying. They are not ready for Jesus to die and they certainly are not ready to die themselves.