I’ve found myself burdened by past losses. Having moved away from where I grew up, I truly miss the people I was with most of the time—good friends. I still write and phone them, but it doesn’t feel the same. I recently retired early, due to serious health issues. I loved my work—especially the people I worked with and worked for. In some sense, I’ve felt robbed of a precious thing.
This is balanced, though, by two things. First, the good memories are a real thing to be claimed and reclaimed. I did spend marvelous times with friends and family in the past. The second thing is in the here-and-now. Some of those folk are in heaven today and the others, as I, will eventually be reunited there. What a wonderful time that will be! And the work I’ve done is not in vain. The lives changed and people helped through what we experienced together as real.
The same thing is true in your life. What seem to be losses will be eternally reclaimed.
In God’s economy, losses are balanced by future promise. The world sees past things as lost forever. We can keep the memories, that that’s all. And they will die with us. In God’s plan there is a real continuity from Creation to Rapture. God doesn’t waste anything but preserves hope.
Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. John 17:11