I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)
Ordinarily, we think young children are those most likely to have separation anxiety when parents leave them with a sitter or at school for the first time. But, as a mother, I was the one who suffered this malady at special times in our children’s lives—when we dropped them off at college and when they walked down the wedding aisle. How hard those partings were, although I knew it wasn’t a total farewell.
The most grievous separation anxiety of all is when death comes to those we love, and we are parted from them. The short-term separations we have in our lives cannot compare with that of death. Unless we die in a common event with loved ones, we will all feel the deep anguish of separation in every relationship. But, for Christians, there is one relationship we have that is the exception.
The single relationship whereby believers will never experience separation is the one we have with Christ. We, who’ve trusted in His saving grace, have the assurance of His presence with us here, now and forever. And another blessing is knowing that, although we may be separated from family and friends by death, we will be reunited someday with those who know Christ, too. What comforting peace!
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
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