I am So far from so many of them that truthfully I may never see them again this side of heaven.
And it hurts....distance and separation hurt...in places I don't want to touch...in deep places inside. I think my favorite idea of heaven is the thought that everyone I love will be in the same place at the same time....of course that may not be true, as there are some I love who may not join me in heaven and then the most tragic thing of all will be that we will be separated forever.
I find it very hard to be thankful for distance..for separation...do I understand that God is working in all these separations? Of course...and He can do things in hearts during times of separation that cannot be accomplished any other way. As a matter of fact almost every reference to separation in scripture refers to purification and holiness so yes, He is surely at work during these times...I respect that..and I trust Him...but to thank Him for it....so difficult....actually this is one of those things I may be better able to thank Him IN rather than for...because thankfully many separations are only for a season...many times the distance is only for a while and then I can be joined again with my loved ones. And oh the joy that floods my soul!
Today I will choose to thank God for the distances, the miles, the spaces between me and the pieces of my heart that are scattered abroad...because separation provides opportunity for God to work... space gives us all room to grow.