Losing loved ones is painful. The psychic pain can at times be quite severe and unwelcome. This is especially so of loved ones we lose in death, but it is also true of loved ones we lose by many miles between us. The ever present temptation is denial. “We’ll be back together again”, etc. Maybe. Maybe not. But denial does not help in any separation. We do better to face the realistic facts from the start. We may never see each other again in this life. Present pain over a separation is a constant reminder of how good our togetherness was while it lasted. It endears is to each other even in separation. It keeps us aware of the finiteness and limitations of our earthly existence. And it keeps alive the one realistic and sure hope our confidence of seeing our loved one(s) again when we are all together with them in our new heavenly home, where “goodby” and “so long ” and “later” have been dropped from our vocabulary.
Rev. Dr. Richard L. Shaw Pastor