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A lifetime is still too short to spend with the ones we love. And even a peaceful death doesn’t soothe the aching void left in our souls. What we would give for just one more conversation, but we know even this would not be enough. We’re ultimately longing for that grand reunion and the restoration of all good things.

Family reunions are a time to catch up with family members we’ve not seen in a while. We reflect on our shared memories together, as we also share the stories of our adventures while we were apart. And, at its best, these reunions give us a place to belong in a story larger than ourselves – bringing more joy and delight to our souls.

And there’s a notable void here after a loved one dies. No one tells their stories in quite the same way. And we hate that they can’t meet new family members, or that we can’t catch them up on the latest news in our life, the good and the bad.

To be sure, at times, the grief of this loss can feel overwhelming. And it’s only right that we grieve, as this is a witness of the depth of our love. At the same time, we grieve as those with hope.

One day we will have that grand reunion and catch up on the events of this life. And this reunion will be free of the sin and subsequent drama that often marks our family reunions now.

And so, while we still weep that we don’t get those desired conversations today, we live anchored in the hope that someday we will.

In the end, make the most of everyday with your loved ones. But don’t despair when you realize your time is still too short. A grand reunion is being prepared and one day you will have all those conversations you miss so deeply today.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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