Imagine you have to leave to go on an extended journey. Imagine you have to leave behind the people that you love with all your heart. Would you want them to go without anything in your absence? Or would you do everything in your power to make sure they had everything they needed while you were gone? Maybe you would even arrange special surprises for them and leave little love notes and words of encouragement for them to find. Perhaps you would send them presents from all the exotic places you would visit and you would want to see pictures of their successess and their smiles. You love them so much that their joy would be your joy.
And people we love do go on that extended journey. Sometimes they die. And we are left with grief and sadness and feelings of loss, and sometimes on days when the sense of sadness might lift for a few minutes, we often feel guilt.
Today I am here to remind you that all those feelings are only place holders filling a void. They are not meant to last. Something had to fill that huge empty space left by your loved ones, and in your shock and in your sadness you weren’t able to open the presents and read the love notes. Something had to fill that void – something temporary.
It’s important for you to know that on the other side of the loss, are treasures beyond compare. It’s important for you to know that once you release the darkness, your loved ones can share in your joy as you open their gifts. It’s important for you to know that the sadness and loss are there to do a job. They are only filling a void. That huge hole is really intended to be filled with love. It’s important for you to know that it’s okay to let go and move on. You are supposed to, and with the grace of God you have the ability to do so.