“One of the deepest desires of the human heart is for love without parting. Needless to say, the prospect of the resurrection is far more comforting than the beliefs that death takes you into nothingness or into an impersonal spiritual substance. The resurrection goes beyond the promise of an ethereal, disembodied afterlife. We get our bodies back, in a state of beauty and power that we cannot today imagine. Jesus’ resurrection body…could be touched and embraced, and he ate food. And yet he passed through closed doors and could disappear. This is a material existence, but one beyond the bounds of our imagination. The idea of heaven…is not just consolation – it is restoration. We get it all back – the love, the loved ones, the beauties of this life – but in new, unimaginable degrees of glory and joy and strength.” (Tim Keller)
I do yearn for love with no parting. I yearn for the forever-end of the sadness of separation; for the forever-end of goodbyes to beloved children and friends; for the forever-end of parting from dearly-loved pets and places.
I’m sure you do, too.
We yearn for that day. The day when all will be made new. When grief will no longer exist. When the groaning of our spirits, and the groaning of all creation itself, will end. We yearn for restoration, for transformation into a state of beauty and power we cannot today imagine.
What to do with parting-caused yearning?
Don’t turn or hide from the yearning. Your yearning is valid, meant to draw you toward resurrection hopefulness. So don’t smother (or chastise yourself for) your grief. Instead, take your parting-caused sorrow to the Lord. Grieve. Pour out your sadness before Him! Ask Him to increase, through this particular yearning, your desire for heaven. Ask Him to fill your saddened heart with His balm of truth. Truth that calls you to wait — to wait with hope-filled expectation.
Truth that calls you to wait patiently. To wait confidently! To, with eager hope, join all creation in expectant waiting for the glorious freedom that’s coming — freedom from death, from parting, from decay.
Wait patiently, dear ones! The promised day — the day when your deepest desire for love with no parting begins — certainly approaches:
“…all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are…with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)” (Romans 8:19-25)
Jesus is coming back, and He brings with Him restoration beyond the bounds of our most hopeful imagination. He brings the love we’ve always yearned for: He brings love without parting.