As I write this, my son, my daughter-in-law and my two youngest grandchildren have left the UK to return to the Church in California, where my son went to recover from his addiction to drugs and alcohol, just four short years ago.
He met his wife on campus during his following internship, married in 2016 and two adorable little boys have been born to them whilst they were back in England and during the time he applied for and received his Green Card.
This has been one of the toughest times that my husband and I have been through for some years. On hubby’s return from the ‘drop off’ run to the airport he immediately removed the empty cots and high chairs to the relative emotional safety of the loft. But, over the next few days, as we began to return our house to some semblance of normality, we moved furniture around and found odd socks, toys and dummies that had been abandoned as a family of four squeezed their lives into three suitcases. Each reminder reignited the fierce pain of loss for us and the reminder that our daily lives together had changed to such a long distance relationship. The grief we are feeling continues to come in waves, with some bigger than others!
But and it is a big but.
We know that they are answering the specific call of Jesus on their lives and they are prayerfully following Him.
Jesus makes this promise in the;
Book of Matthew Chapter 19 Verse 29 ESV
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.
This promise brings us much comfort as our hope for our future is in Him. Much as we miss them now and are praying to be able to visit soon, we have hope that we will spend eternity together.
As we get older time appears to be accelerating at such a rate that no sooner have we got used to the beginning of another New Year, than Christmas is almost upon us and we are looking surreally into the beginning of another new cycle with another number all of its own.
Personally my flesh bears witness, mirrors reflecting the silvering of my hair and whilst my eternal spirit ensures that I feel no different within, I find that practically, when I am completing forms online, I have to frantically clicking further and further backwards whenever my date of birth is required!
Our bible tells us how short our time is here in this world;
Book of James Chapter 4 Verse 14 ESV
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
So, we are further geographically apart now, whilst we are here, but our hope through Salvation in Jesus Christ is that we will forever be together for eternity.