Life is too short…
Realizing the depth of the pain of loss from death can be overwhelming. A close friend has recently experienced the loss of a loved one from death. I understand that I cannot touch her pain but I did experience pain for her in that loss. The thing about death that separates it from other loss like divorce is the finality of it in this world. The realization that you will never see that person again can feel like a sharp blow to the chest at certain times. Moments will occur when you miss them terribly such as at the dinner table or out and about weekend afternoons. Family night or going out to eat are the times when the sharp pain of loss seems to take the wind out of us.
With that being said, it is important to really grasp that life is too short to take relationships for granted. There are no guarantees and only the Lord has your calendar appointment. You can be here today and gone tomorrow. The love of God is so great that God suffered first that loss by sacrificing His Son, Jesus Christ, for us. In spite of our sinful nature, Christ died for us. He gave up His life that we might have eternal life. He experienced death for us in such a capacity that we have hope when the pain of that loss seems overwhelming.
My emphasis on death may seem a bit morbid. But, that is only for those who have not grasped the importance of our lives to the One who loves us more than life itself. It is important to value those you love. Forgive them, for the big things and the little things. We would not even know pain or joy if not for the love of others and the love we have to give. Understanding true love understands what Christ did when He died for us. In spite of all that we do, Christ loves us and is present when we are hurting from this pain and any other pain. He is present because He said He would never leave us nor forsake us.
The importance of a relationship with Jesus Christ is that this relationship guides us with the relationships here on earth. And, this is the first and foremost relationship of all. Do not take for granted your spouse, your child, your sister, your brother, your friend, your aunt, your uncle, your cousin, your mother or your father. Whatever relationships you have that are an important part of your life, reflect on how significant they are to you and how quickly they can be gone. Even the difficult relationships are equally important as they help to build character and the means God does use to move us forward in His great plan for our lives here on earth although temporary.