Are There Stores in Heaven?

Remembering Lenya Avery Lusko

Last night in Kalispell, Montana at Fresh Life Church, I spoke at the memorial service for Lenya Avery Lusko. She is the daughter of my friends Levi and Jennie Lusko.

Little Lenya, age 5, went to heaven on December 20. She had a severe asthma attack and tragically died in her father’s arms.

Now she is in the everlasting arms of God.

Even at her young age, Lenya was a bright light for Jesus Christ. She always was a fighter, as she was born with severe allergies to many foods.

She once said to her mom, Jennie, “Mom, when I get to heaven I’m going to buy a box of cheese and a whole box of peanut butter from the store. There are stores in heaven, right Mom? I think there will be a lot of stores in heaven!”

I love this because it shows that this little girl understood heaven is a real place.

Heaven is described in Scripture as a country, a city, and a garden. Jesus said, “I go to prepare A PLACE for you” (John 14:6).

This sweet little girl is there now, along with my son Christopher, and I am sure loved ones that you know who have gone before you who believed in Jesus Christ.

The good news is that as Christians we have the hope that we will see them again.

Paul wrote these hopeful words to those who have had loved ones die:

“And now, brothers and sisters, I want you to know what will happen to the Christians who have died so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope.For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes,God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died. I can tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4).

Note that Paul says “together WITH THEM” we will be caught up to meet the Lord.
This is referring to our loved ones who have preceded us. We will see them again!
The Bible teaches that there will be a bodily resurrection.

Heaven, and later the new earth, will be a place of reunion. We will pick up where we last left off.

Old conversations will be finished. New ones will begin. We will have great adventures together!

Let’s remember Levi and Jennie Lusko in prayer, along with their daughters: Alivia, Daisy and Clover.

Heavenly Thoughts

Here are some statements from my message that I did for little Lenya Lusko. These are tweets posted by those who have heard the message. Think of them as some “heavenly thoughts” for the day:

“An early death…means an early crown.”
“We live on promises, not on explanations.”
“Death isn’t the end of the road but a bend in the road.”
“Heaven is the real thing; earth is the imitation!”
“As Christians, we don’t mourn hopelessly–we mourn hopefully.”

8 thoughts on “Are There Stores in Heaven?”

  1. Shari Garcia says:

    Our family is praying for you at this very difficult time, as you grieve the loss of your precious baby girl, Lenya. My God give you peace, comfort, and strength that only He can give during these most difficult days.

  2. G. Nicole Long says:

    My husband and I were shocked when Pastor Laurie told us in church that your little girl was gone. We just love you guys and appreciate you when you come to our church and preach. We think your a wonderful young family. We know that your precious daughter is in heaven. We also lost someone during the holidays. God bless you at this time.

  3. Marilyn says:

    Jennie and Levi, My heart aches and rejoices at the same time. For those of us who Know Jesus and live inside of His Spirit, we rejoice that your baby is with Him. How precious is the death of His saints!
    How wonderful is our Hope in Him. God bless you in your mourning.

  4. Mark Kirk says:

    Hey Levi and Jennie, although we have only met you once at the Cove we immediately felt a kindred spirit. Our hearts are broken with you yet rejoicing in the hope we have in Jesus. We have been praying for you. My God’s grace overwhelm you during this difficult time. As you know He will be faithful through this time as well. Our love.

    Mark and Tracy Kirk

  5. karen says:

    our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Thank you for sharing those beautiful memories! I prayed along with you Jenny, for my “spicy” granddaughter! I look forward to meeting her someday! love and prayers

  6. Evalyn says:

    Thank for sharing this wonderful letter. My father died when I was one ur old. Did not see any pictures of him at all. I am married to a wonderful Christian man who follows your radio teachings and receives emails from you. I decided to take a peak in your website while waiting for a friend at Starbucks. Boy, am I so glad I did. I got to thinking that I will see my father in heaven and wonder how he looks like. Thank you.

  7. Heidi Christina Hausmann says:

    Oh Levi and Jennie, I JUST found out about the loss of your little girl, Lenya. I am sooo sorry! I have been out of the loop of communication as I lost my father unexpectedly on the 22nd, and have been handling his affairs and have not been back home since his shocking and quick demise. I was just hiking with him less than 2 weeks prior and celebrating the Celtic Women Christmas Performance in Irvine for his early birthday present! Words cannot even begin to comfort you at this time, but just know my prayers and thoughts are being lifted for you, your other children and your lovely wife during this time. Our faith allows us to know we will be reunited sooner than later with our loved ones in Heaven, but until such time, our human emotions are raw and things still hurt. I pray that our God of comfort touches your family and mine in the days ahead. My heart bleeds for you. No one should have to lose a child. Hugs and my heartfelt condolences. ♥

  8. Karen Johnson says:

    We are so sorry for your loss and the Lusko’s loss of their darling girl. Life can hurt so terribly at times. We are forever thankful for your words on Heaven. Nothing comforts us more than imagining Heaven, what our sons are doing there, and now little Lenya. Yes, there are no explanations, but thankfully there is hope. Hope is a most precious thing. It allows us to go on.

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