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Sweet Reunions

The last day at Sarah's we called and talked with Honey/Mom. Sarah told Mom I was going to stay another week and Mom told her, "no she is not. She needs to come home where she belongs." We laughed because Mom has always been excited for me to go away because she and Dad loved to travel. But now due to the pandemic, things are different an we miss spending time together every day. When I told her I would be gone for a week she told me that was too long and it would feel like Covid. When I had Covid that was the longest we had been apart in a few years and it was hard. I told her the next morning we would have a sweet reunion and I would go get her when I got in town and we'd spend the day together.

I do not take our time together for granted and I thank God for all the memories we get to make together. I thought about how short life is. And unpredictable. We are not promised tomorrow. James 4: 13-14, "Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." What I would do to have another day with Dad. And I will have! I will get to spend eternity with him also and what a sweet reunion it will be. We lost a family friend recently and I have thought a lot about her girls grieving. I also thought about her husband and two sons who she had lost years ago and what a sweet reunion that must have been!

While I do think that will be something I cannot put into words, what I really can't put into words is when we see our Lord and Savior -- face to face! That will be a sweet reunion! I think I will just fall to my knees in awe! And be in love like never before! Christ's followers will have Heaven as their permanent address. We will be there forever, with all other believers who died before us. I cannot imagine how beautiful Heaven will be. I am sure it will be beyond anything we can imagine! I believe the joy will be beyond anything we can imagine!

There is such comfort in knowing when a loved one dies that it is not really goodbye, but see you later. Apostle Paul assured the Thessalonians of this in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17. "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." This truth provides hope and comfort for the brokenhearted. We never have to experience permanent separation and that is good news! One day we will be reunited with our loved ones who believed in Jesus while on Earth!

Let's don't miss out on the ultimate family reunion! All we have to do is accept Jesus' free gift of salvation by believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. And when we leave this life for the next, He will welcome us home! Oh, what a glorious day it will be!


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