This was my first Christmas without my mother. I miss her so very much. Betty, will I be with her again?
Some of the greatest grief, pain and heartache we feel in our mortal lives is the loss of a loved one or family member. Even when we know they are in a better place, we miss them so very much and sometimes wonder how we can go on. One of the daily devotions that I wrote can bring great comfort:
“Our bonds with loved ones continue after death as they began long before birth. The love between us is eternal and does not cease simply because we cannot see the departed. Those who have passed to the other side are very much alive --more so than ever--and they are able to comfort us and send us their love. But they are also bound by laws which govern our lives and which limit their free contact with us. Yes, they care about us, about our lives and our welfare, but they must not interfere with our progression in life.” The Ripple Effect, page 190
Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided… 2 Samuel 1:23
Father, thank you for the gift of eternal bonds with my loved ones. It is comforting to know that, when I love someone, death does not part our love. I am thankful to know that my loved ones, there with you, can hear me, see me, and know that I love them still.
The power of my love exists into the eternities, it never ends, it never dies.
—Embraced By The Light Prayers & Devotions for Daily Living, May 1st
Yes, families are forever and we will see our loved ones again. Each tear will be turned to joy when we return to our heavenly home!