Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “Imagine Heaven” by John Burke.
Today I pray, “Dear God, Do You remember our conversation? You were reaching into my life to guide me, as I was asking You to use my life — the life You gave me — for a unique purpose. And I heard You say, ‘Your calling is in your name.’
My understanding of this answer to my beseeching question has opened up into a freedom of knowing. I explored my name, at the time of Your answer to my prayer being granted — at my age of 33 years.
I wanted to honor my freedom to live at a time when Christ was crucified.
33 years was a year of humility and grace, of joy and love for the possibility of the reason why I was placed upon this beautiful earth. It was in knowing that I am here to live with purpose that I recognized that each and every one of us has this equal possibility every day; that each and every one of us on this beautiful planet earth is the leader of the free world. Thank You for this gift you have given to us all. I live in deepest appreciation for this life. Amen.”
Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage on page 90:
The Family You Never Knew
Four-year-old Colton Burpo had a brush with death and claimed to visit Heaven. Several months later, he and his dad, Todd, were driving across the Nebraska cornfields. Colton asked his dad if he had a grandpa named Pop. Todd said he did and told Colton that Pop had passed away when Todd was about Colton’s age.
Colton replied, “He’s really nice.”
Todd almost drove off the road. He later relates, “It’s a crazy moment when your son uses the present tense to refer to someone who died a quarter century before he was even born.” As Todd and Colton continued to talk, Colton explained that he not only met Pop in Heaven but he got to stay with him.
Not long after they got back from their road trip, Todd pulled out the last picture of Pop he had. Pop was sixty-two, with white hair and glasses. Todd asked if Colton recognized him. Colton squinched up his face, shook his head, and said, “Dad, nobody’s old in heaven…and nobody wears glasses.” It bothered Todd that Colton didn’t recognize Pop, so he had his mom send a younger picture of Pop when he was twenty-nine, standing with his wife (Colton’s great-grandmother) and two other people. He showed it to Colton, who said, “Hey! How did you get a picture of Pop?” Colton’s great-grandmother, who Colton had recently seen (now in her eighties), was also pictured next to Pop. Colton didn’t recognize his great-grandmother in her twenties, yet he recognized his twenty-nine-year-old great grandfather he’d never met!
Later that October, Colton gave his family another surprise as they were all gathered in the living room working on different projects. “Mommy, I have two sisters,” Colton said. His mom, Sonja, corrected him, reminding him he only had one sister. Colton repeated himself, insisting that he had two sisters. Sonja replied that Cassie is his only sister, and then asked if he meant his cousin, Traci?
“No!” Colton insisted adamantly. “I have two sisters. You had a baby die in your tummy, didn’t you?”
Time stopped in the Burpo house. Shocked, Sonja asked her son who told him that she had a baby die in her tummy.
“She did, Mommy,” Colton explained. “She said she died in your tummy.” Sonja was overcome with emotion. They had never told Colton about the miscarriage.
“It’s okay, Mommy,” Colton said. “God adopted her.”
Todd said he could hear the effort it took for Sonja to steady her voice as she asked Colton what his sister looked like.
Colton explained that in Heaven, a girl who looked a lot like Cassie, but with dark hair, ran up to him and wouldn’t stop hugging him. He clearly didn’t like a girl hugging him so much.
Sonja asked him what her name was.
“She doesn’t have a name. You guys didn’t name her.”
“You’re right, Colton,” Sonja said, dumbfounded. “We didn’t even know she was a she.”
This true account of a little boy’s brief visit to Heaven fits wonderfully with an account I am now ready to share. As I explored my name, chosen by my father, and lovingly given to me by both my father and my mother, I revisited it over the course of several years.
And so, my true account goes:
At age 33, God said in meditation, “Your calling is in your name.”
ADDI MARIE LARSON
Mary Magdalene: Close, intimate friend
Mary the Mother: Conceiver of peace on earth
ADDI: Name meaning “Ornament”
Ornament: “Used to beautify the appearance of something to which it is added or of which it is a part.”
ADDI: Name meaning “My witness”
Witness: “Evidence, proof”
“One who openly professes one’s faith”
“To have knowledge from personal observation or experience”
LAR: A deified spirit of a place
SON: A child
This is the most concise, succinct way I can display what I discovered. I have come to now know that when I was given the calling of The Biggest Audience on my 33rd birthday, I was given the gift of God’s free will to allow God to use me in a way that fit every single vibration of that which pleases me.
The “Toward,” represented every single moment of my life from the time my parents chose my name, leading me to my 33rd birthday — the day that marked the year of life that Yeshua’s body was crucified, and the day I accepted a living-forward calling from God.
The “Two” represented, to me, being two-fold in nature. What I now have come to know as I am in God; and God is in me. This nature exists in us all.
Christ spoke of this essence: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
The “Mary” represented a continuation of “toward” the “two-fold” nature from my first name. As Marie is my middle name, my immediate resonance of a “two-fold” Mary is the thought of the two people to see Christ after he had been resurrected; Mary the Mother and Mary Magdalene. It seems to me to be a sacred symbol that these two Mary’s, these two women, were the two people chosen to witness to this event of the symbol of “New Life in Christ”.
Addi is a Biblical name, meaning “Ornament” and “My witness”.
Given my calling, the free will of choice to allow God to use me in a unique way to be viewed at all times and in all places, openly, as an invitation for spirits in Heaven to have the same free will to choose to be born again, living a “New Life in Christ” on earth.
My life, being viewed by those in Heaven to make informed choices of free will, becomes used to beautify the appearance of something to which it is added or of which it is a part. My life, through God’s granted purpose, becomes an ornament, a witness, of the free will to choose a new life on earth.
My surname, Larson, has come to me to represent a name that may change. As it is the surname I was given at birth, I now see it as this:
Lar: A “Lar” is defined as a deified spirit of a place. I see this as the spirits to whom I am witnessing by simply living my life every day.
Son: A “Son” can represent “the Son of God, or child of God”. Those who choose, freely, to be born again. Those who say, “Yes, God!” to living on earth as good soldiers of Christ who sends them here — at a time in history when we need their Crystal energy of healing the earth and its divided humans.
This unfolding of discovery to my calling in my name happened after I was given the calling of The Biggest Audience. And my favorite part of this account, this true story, is that The Biggest Audience calling fits every aspect of what I later discovered in my name. My name was chosen by my earthly father. This is especially meaningful for me, and I honor God with deepest appreciation for this, too. Amen.