As Joni Eareckson Tada undergoes treatment for cancer, she recently discussed the hope for Heaven and cleared up common misunderstandings about the afterlife.
During a recent interview, Tada, a disabilities advocate and founder of Joni and Friends, was asked if she’s ready for Heaven.
“Yeah,” she said in response. “I think any Christian should be ready at any time. Of course, like Paul, I’m torn.
“I don’t want to face the rigors of radiation on a quadriplegic body,” she continued. “And I have to postpone pursuing options to address my chronic pain during chemotherapy. It’s going to be a lot of discomfort in the next few months. I’m a little torn like the Apostle Paul, but I would love to be free of the suffering and affliction.”
Tada explained that while she would love to be in Heaven, she believes it’s more “needful for Christ” that she remains on earth, as there are millions of people with disabilities who don’t know Jesus.
“And that’s why I show up at work every single day at Joni and Friends,” she said. “It breaks my heart to think the suffering a person in a wheelchair is going through is only an omen of even greater suffering to come if he doesn’t know Christ.”
When asked what misunderstandings people have about Heaven, the 69-year-old Heaven: Your Real Home author said: “That it is the end, when in all reality, it’s the beginning.”
“C.S. Lewis says this is just the title page down here on Earth, and the real adventure story begins in Heaven,” she clarified. “When we flip the page and arrive in Heaven, that’s when the real adventure begins.”
Tada was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer eight years ago. After undergoing a mastectomy and chemotherapy treatment, she was declared cancer-free.
In November, she underwent tests on a small nodule that had developed over the site of her mastectomy. After biopsies, doctors discovered a small cancerous tumor within the nodule.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett