Thursday, February 20, 2014
Read: Acts 20:17-38
“And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him, sorrowing…that they would see his face no more…” (Acts 20:37-38 KJV).
Saying goodbye to someone you really love can be difficult. Farewells and partings may bring grief. Sooner or later, we all will experience the tears of separation. The apostle Paul nurtured and taught the believers in Ephesus for 3 years. But when he had to leave, “They all wept freely…sorrowing…that they would see his face no more” (Act 20:37-38).
As Christians, we have good reason to establish close ties, even though they will eventually be broken. Our hope in the resurrection to come assures us that someday we will be reunited in the presence of God.
Farewells can be very painful. But don’t let that keep you from building close relationships with others who love the Lord. He makes those friendships worthwhile – both now and in eternity! Christians never say goodbye for the last time.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, turn all our painful farewells to joyful reunions on that great resurrection day. Amen.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 57. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).