Monday, January 13, 2014

The Long Goodbye

Right now Misty & I are sitting in the airport in Phoenix, Arizona headed back to North Carolina. Last night we spent time with a family that means so much to us. Every time we leave them we go through the same form of a long goodbye. When this family goes to serve in Central Asia it will probably be a few years until we see them again. Yesterday we said another form of goodbye. We attended a memorial service for a missionary friend who died unexpectedly in December. The good thing about both of these goodbyes is that they may be long but they are only temporary.

In a few years our friends will return from Asia. We will see them again. We will play with their kids and they will play with ours. We know we will see them again. I am confident that we will once again see our missionary friend that passed away. Our missionary friend who passed away was a believer in Christ. God's Word assures us that when we die we enter into His presence. But there's a catch. You have to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. When we have a relationship with God we can be reassured that we will see our friends and family again as long as they too know Christ.

As hard as it was to say goodbye yesterday, both times, we are confident we will see them all again. Some sooner than others. The reunions will be great and the fellowship all the sweeter.

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