A woman arrived at heaven's gate and met Jesus face to face. As he
reviewed her life with her, she could see every event just as
clearly as if it were happening right then and there. Looking at a
time in her life filled with sorrow, she asked him a question that
had long been on her heart:
"Lord, look at my time of greatest
trouble. I prayed and prayed but I heard no word from you. I would
have despaired had it not been for all the people who helped me: the
friends who listened and consoled, who brought me food and
understanding, who cried with me and stood by me, and my family
who gave me a reason to go on living. But why did you abandon me?
Why didn't you help me?"
"My child," Jesus answered,
"Why didn't you recognize me?"