Matthew R. Perry

Heaven: The Ultimate Family Reunion

In Theology on April 8, 2006 at 11:02 am

Family reunions were an important part of my life growing up. Because my immediate family lived in California while the rest of our relatives were in Kansas, we were only able to visit them once each year—usually around Christmas. Thankfully, both sets of grandparents lived within three miles of each other, so our annual trek only required one stop.

As you can imagine, our trips to Kansas were activity packed from the time we arrived until the time we left. There were two sets of cousins to visit, two family Christmases to celebrate, numerous presents to open, and countless meals to eat. Of course, my dad would sit in the living room with all of the uncles, catching up on everything that had happened in the previous months. And my mom would mingle with all of my aunts, usually in the kitchen, as they prepared more food than could possibly be consumed. As for me and my brother, we would go downstairs to the basement and play games with the cousins—laughing and joking as though we had been in Kansas the entire time.

At the end of our visit, we would pack up the car and mentally prepare ourselves for the twenty-three-hour journey back home. We would say our good-byes, exchange the appropriate hugs, and then we’d be off. And while we certainly loved the family we were leaving behind, the parting was never overly sad or sorrowful, because we knew we’d be back next Christmas—eager to see everyone again.

In a similar sense, God has also planned a future reunion for His family. Although death separates us from the earthly family and friends we love, the separation is only temporary. Not only that, but once we are reunited in heaven, we will never be separated again. Certainly, death is still painful, but as Christians we can rest confidently in the fact that the loneliness will not last forever. Heaven will reunite us as we worship God together in the presence of our Savior.

(Click here to read the rest of this article by Nathan Busenitz from the Pulpit Live Blog.

  1. What a beautiful thought… heaven: the ultimate family reunion!

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