If all this “end of the world” business has got you down, take heart! If judgment day is indeed this Saturday, a 4-year-old boy has it on good authority that heaven does, in fact, exist.
Colton Burpo, now 11, survived a life-threatening burst appendix when he was just 4-years-old.
His parents, Todd and Sonja Burpo say an angel was definitely looking out for Colton.
“A few angels, they came, picked me up and I was looking right at Jesus,” Colton tells the Today show. Take that, Stephen Hawking, you big downer.
Colton’s parents say that after 17 days in the hospital, the boy started to talk about things he could not have known about, including a miscarriage his mother had and prayers his father made during Colton’s surgery. “He could tell me where I was while he was in surgery,” Todd Burpo tells “Today.” “The surgeons couldn’t tell me that. The nurses couldn’t. My wife couldn’t tell me where I was praying but he could tell me.”
Colton also tells his parents he met “Pop,” his great-grandfather. “I was just sitting by the Holy Spirit, and then this guy comes up to me and says, ‘are you Todd’s son?’ I said yes. He says, ‘Well, I’m his grandfather,” Colton tells “Today.” “… Pop, he was very big, huge wings, he had curly hair, big smile and he was really nice.”
Sonja Burpo says her son told her angels sang to him. “There’s a lot of colors, there are a lot of people and a lot of animals,” Colton says, describing Heaven. Colton also says everyone in heaven has wings and no one is old.
“I like that part,” Todd Burpo jokes.
The experience led Todd Burpo, a pastor, to write the New York Times best-selling nonfiction book “Heaven is for Real.” He says Colton’s story has inspired so many people because of “hope, healing — they know what they have to look forward to.”
So listen, if all this doomsday talk has got you down, cheer up. Remember, Colton says no one in heaven is old. I like that part, too.
Here’s the actual report on Today: