Sony’s Thoughts: Missing Loved Ones
Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” This quote came to mind as I was listening to a man talk about his wife of 47 years, 7 months and 1 day who died a little over a year ago. He talked about how they were together all the time, how much he loved her, and how much he misses her. He also told me, though, that he doesn’t spend time going to her grave because he knows she’s not there. She’s in a better place and he knows he’ll see her again.
I couldn’t help but admire his faith. I could tell by talking with him that, as difficult as it’s been since her death, he wouldn’t wish her back and he wouldn’t trade one moment he had with her while she lived.
First Corinthians 15:55 says, “ O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” For the Believer, although it’s still sad to say goodbye to those close to us, we need to remember that our loved one has just finished his or her race ahead of us. If they know the Lord and if we do, we will see them again. Maybe it would be a good idea to remember the ways they sowed into our lives, the seeds they planted. Maybe some of those seeds, we can pass onto others. What better way to let their memory live on. Mostly, I would challenge you not to lose your song. Death may be the end of the world as we know it but it’s an entrance into a much more beautiful world, and it just makes Heaven sound sweeter every day!